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460 Posts: Writing
April 2, 2020
First Drafts: Heart, Soul, and TwangSometimes inspiration can come from binge-watching a TV show—in this case, Nashville.
March 31, 2020
Fables, Legends, and Myths: Building Your World's Folklore"Putting together the perfect legend for your story can be a tricky balance."
March 30, 2020
First Drafts: Fear of the Unknown"Sometimes something really special can come from something completely terrifying."
March 6, 2020
Swoon Author Jessika Fleck: My Publishing JourneyI figured it’s as good a time as any to share my publishing journey… or more… my (condensed) publishing roller coaster.
March 2, 2020
First Draft: Sometimes the Void Talks Back"The idea for Cemetery Boys started, as most of my ideas do, with my talking into the void on Twitter."
February 27, 2020
6 Storytelling Lessons from THE MANDALORIANAs far as I can tell, "The Mandalorian" is a show that is ENGINEERED to make you love it.
February 21, 2020
Writing Historical Fiction: How Much Research Is Too Much?Rachel D. has four tips to keep in mind when you’re crafting a historical fiction novel.
February 20, 2020
The Joy(s) of Writing"Did you know writing can be FUN???"
February 17, 2020
First Draft: Throw Dreams Into the Universe, Shake, and Stir"If I had learned anything in university, it was that I was at my most productive when I was under stress."
February 13, 2020
Debut Anxiety Is Real"Suddenly thousands of people have access to your book. Terrifying, right?!"
February 10, 2020
Revising a Duology: It's Complicated"Oh, revisions… My old nemesis… We truly have a love/hate relationship."
January 31, 2020
How to Escape Your Story's Muddy Middle"Take your unsuspecting character and throw them off a cliff. (Not usually literally.)"
January 30, 2020
9 Easy Ways to Create Conflict in Your Story"Stories need conflict, otherwise your readers will have nothing to cheer for."
January 28, 2020
5 Signs You Might Be Writing from the Wrong Point of ViewFind the perspective that gives the story the most heart, and really let it shine.
January 27, 2020
Editing: Even More of a Process Than You Might Expect"What’s that quote about writing being rewriting? I think some guy named Hemingway said it?"
January 9, 2020
A Valentine to FriendshipFinding Mr. Better-Than-You isn’t about me—even though that was the launching point.
January 2, 2020
5 New Years Resolutions of an Author"I’m not all that great at actually keeping resolutions, which means I’m going to keep things simple this year."
December 30, 2019
First Drafts: The Dreaded Sequel"As prepared as I tried to be, nothing could have equipped me."
December 26, 2019
Revisions: Sometimes You Have to Break It Down to Build It Better"I’ve learned breaking down the edits into smaller, workable bits was less daunting."
December 18, 2019
First Drafts: They Don't Have to Be Perfect, They Just Have to Be Done"That first spark, the first chapter, it’s the jumping off point for what your book will eventually become."
December 17, 2019
Editing Is Not (Unfortunately) a Numbers Game"Editing is brutal for me, I think strangely because I’m a numbers girl."