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Doug Peterson - 5 for Writing: Rules to Write By

Doug Peterson

Doug Peterson is the Gold-Medallion-winning author of more than 60 books—42 of them for the popular VeggieTales series. He is also the co-storywriter for the VeggieTales video, "Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed." Currently, he writes historical novels and screenplays, including "The Disappearing Man," which has been optioned for film.

By Doug Peterson Glass breaks. But even better, glass shatters. A knife cuts. But even better, a knife slashes. A thief …

November 5, 2017

I’m old enough to remember when Olympic sprinters wore baggy shorts. But if you look at the world’s greatest runners today, …

September 15, 2017

My favorite canine writer, Snoopy of Peanuts fame, received a boatload of rejection slips in his pursuit of a publisher over …

July 26, 2017

By Doug Peterson The expression, “The proof is in the pudding,” goes back hundreds of years, although the original wording was …

May 28, 2017

By Doug Peterson I will never forget the day my parents took me to the theater to see the movie Fantastic …

April 28, 2017

By Doug Peterson The voice on the other end of the line was Bob the Tomato. It was a Sunday night, and …

February 27, 2017

By Doug Peterson I stepped slowly out onto the board of a high dive at our local swimming pool, and I …

December 28, 2016

Legolas, a Creative Commons illustration by JessicaLR By Doug Peterson When J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit, was published in October of 1937, …

November 29, 2016

I had a chance to see the desk where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote “The Lord of the Rings.” You can find it at …

October 28, 2016

My wife, Nancy, and I ride the E.T. bike at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York. By Doug Peterson A funny …

August 16, 2016

By Doug Peterson I had no idea what I was doing when I first ordered a Café Americano, totally oblivious to its …

July 6, 2016

By Doug Peterson Whenever I show up to interview a source for a magazine story, it must look like I have …

June 4, 2016

This is one side of my new dream office. The Lego train makes a loop on this countertop, then crosses a bridge …

May 2, 2016

A stained glass window dedicated to William Wallace of Braveheart fame. The window is found in Edinburgh Castle. By Doug Peterson In …

April 6, 2016

  Doug Peterson (right) with Jurgen Litfin, brother of the first person shot trying to escape into West Berlin. NOTE—Doug Peterson’s previous …

February 23, 2016

The author, Doug Peterson, received a brand-new bowler hat for Christmas this year. It brings him back to the year 1849. I’m …

January 22, 2016

What comes first? Do you begin with a great plot idea, and then create characters to fill out the story? Or do …

December 24, 2015

“Where words fail, music speaks,” said Hans Christian Andersen, writer of such legendary stories as The Little Mermaid (not the Disney version) …

November 20, 2015

I’m not sure how he did it, but the late Michael Crichton supposedly wrote 10,000 words a day, which is the equivalent …

October 22, 2015

“The sky looks ever so deep when you lay down on your back in the moonshine; I never knowed it before. …

September 15, 2015

The editor had me rework my first novel, changing it from the omniscient point of view to third-person limited. I’m so glad …

August 6, 2015
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