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March 15, 2019
Selkies, Kelpies, and Craic: 4 Celtic-Influenced YA ReadsIf your aesthetic includes rocky cliffs, misty woods, and the lilt of pipe music, these are the perfect reads for you!
February 12, 2019
The Life-Changing Magic of Killing Your DarlingsScenes need to be more than well-written: They need to have a purpose in your story as a whole.
January 2, 2019
4 Suggestions for Bookish New Year's ResolutionsIf you're looking to change something up this year, why not look at your reading habits?
November 20, 2018
Put Some Feeling into It: Making Your Setting Work OvertimeYou can make your writing come alive by making sure your setting is doing its part to elicit emotion from the reader.
August 13, 2018
Writing Prompts: A User's GuideSwoon staffer Val O. shares three essential tips for how to use writing prompts to your full advantage.
July 9, 2018
8 YA Book Recs Based on Your Favorite Teen MoviesFrom Mean Girls to The Craft, we have the perfect YA book to pair with your fave teen flick.
June 4, 2018
Setting the Scene: 3 Tips for Researching a Location“Write what you know” isn’t always the best advice, but “write what you know of” usually is. When it...
April 9, 2018
Bookish Spring Cleaning: Tackling the TBRYou may or may not know that it is officially springtime. Since here in New York we’ve gotten nothing...
March 22, 2018
Bookish Blends: The Perfect Tea to Sip While Devouring Your Next YA ReadSix book/tea pairings to curl up with on a rainy afternoon.
January 19, 2018
Be Your Own Muse: 3 Inspiration Hacks for When It’s Just Not Coming to YouFinding the motivation to write is easy when you're bursting with ideas—or better yet, when you find yourself...
November 29, 2017
Historical Fiction Tips: Getting Started with ResearchAs a reader, I love historical fiction. When executed well, a work of historical fiction has the power to transport...
October 23, 2017
NaNoWriMo Prep: How Well Should You Know Your Characters?National Novel Writing Month is coming up! I'm sure those of you who are participating this year are currently...
August 24, 2017
Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough: 5 Tips for Writing an Interesting Love StoryWhether you are writing a love story or a story with a romantic subplot, it’s crucial that your readers...
June 27, 2017
Say What?: 5 Tips for Avoiding Common Dialogue MistakesThe key to writing good dialogue is to be as realistic as possible without boring your reader. You want your...