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484 Posts: Writing
September 10, 2020
Being a Debut During a Pandemic"We are living in unprecedented times. That’s what everyone keeps saying, and I think that’s putting it lightly."
August 20, 2020
Be Wherever You Are (And By “BE” I Mean “WRITE”)"The best thing you can do as a writer is get away from your desk, and here are three reasons why."
August 13, 2020
Why I Write Upper YA"I’ve always felt a little conflicted about where I want my books to land in YA."
August 6, 2020
How NOT to Write a Book"There isn’t only one correct way to go about anything involving writing and publishing."
July 29, 2020
6 Rules for Revising a Manuscript"Revisions are always tough. Tougher still when those revisions involve completely rearranging a number of key scenes."
July 24, 2020
Editing: Sometimes More Work Now Means Less Work LaterEither I’ve gotten better at addressing constructive criticism this time around or maybe my excessive plotting paid off.
July 23, 2020
5 Craft Books for New and Experienced Writers"When I was a baby writer, I (naively) believed that the more I wrote, the easier it would get."
July 16, 2020
Publishing Confessional: My Book Baby"Publishing a book is like having a baby."
July 13, 2020
Editing Can Be Murder"Sometimes editing feels like murder—without the blood, guts, and going to jail, of course."
July 1, 2020
The Conundrum of Writing YA"I really loathed high school."
June 25, 2020
Seeing the World Through Writer-Tinted Glasses"There are so many different ways to see the world."
June 16, 2020
Sometimes You Just Need a Do-Over"I’ve learned that there is no one way to write a book (if only there was!) and the magic really is in the revision."
June 12, 2020
Writing: The Great Escape"What if you could go away at no cost? 'Impossible,' you say. Not at all; sit at your desk and start imagining."
June 10, 2020
Accepting the Demise of Your Darlings"I’ll let you in on a little secret: I really enjoy editing."
June 8, 2020
6 Storytelling Lessons from the Pilot Episode of LEVERAGEWriters can learn a lot from the pilot episode of Leverage.
June 4, 2020
When Stuck In Panic Mode, Make a Game Plan"Otherwise known as: How Maggie Stiefvater Made Me Wonder If I Had Even Written a Book At All."
June 3, 2020
First Drafts Come from Asking "What If?""I love to take what I actually know and ask 'What if?'"
May 14, 2020
All That Lore and More"So, this was going to be a book about angels, I thought. Well, not quite."
May 8, 2020
Behind the Book Scenes: Location, Location, Location"I knew this was where the story took place and that’s how I would have to write it."
April 30, 2020
Defining a Book's Personalities Through Character Sketches"I’ve found with a collage, I’m able to capture a visual representation of the mood or tone that character has."
April 20, 2020
First Draft Report: Good Reading = Good Writing"Some of my greatest ideas come from reading other people’s books."