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415 Posts: Writing
July 18, 2019
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn: You Never Know"If you’re thinking of submitting to Swoon Reads, do it—you never know where you could end up."
July 10, 2019
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn's Editing Update: A Necessary Edit"I’ve written three books—which equals many edit letters—and it’s not gotten any easier. I don’t expect it ever will."
July 4, 2019
Swoon Author Sandy Hall: Getting Unstuck"When I can’t seem to turn the spark of an idea into a plot, I tend to read writing craft books."
July 2, 2019
Swoon Author Chani Lynn Feener's Editing Update: Closing Out a Chapter"What made doing the edits for Within Ash and Stardust difficult was knowing that it was the final book in the trilogy."
July 1, 2019
Ask an Editor: The Importance of StakesIf plot is "What happens" in a story, stakes are "Why do we care?" Editor Holly West explains how important they are!
June 27, 2019
Swoon Author Natalie Williamson: Rules I've Learned NOT to Break"I’ve figured out a few rules (bet you’re all shocked, ha!) to help me maximize the time I DO get to spend writing."
June 25, 2019
Swoon Author Samantha Hastings' Editing Update: Going the Rounds"My first edit letter for was 10 pages long! When I read for it the first time, it felt like a knockout punch."
June 17, 2019
Swoon Author Sandy Hall's Editing Update: Letting Go"When it’s time for your book to move on, you have to push it out of the nest and hope for the best."
June 10, 2019
Swoon Author Shana Silver's First Draft Report: From the Cloud to the Page"It’s important to have a champion for your work, someone who encourages you to pursue something special."
June 6, 2019
Swoon Author Claire Kann's Publishing Confessional: Dear Winnie"The truth is I’d been very anxious about June 4th ... for a bunch of reasons. Everything about the book was difficult."
May 27, 2019
Swoon Author SM Koz's Editing Update: A Whole New Experience"When I look back at the process as a whole, I have to say Risking It All was substantially easier than my first book."
May 15, 2019
Swoon Author Natalie Williamson's Editing Update: No Longer Alone"I have a hard time with first drafts. But editing? Editing I LOVE."
May 13, 2019
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner's First Draft Report: Skipping the Sophomore Slump"On July 13, 2013, I wrote the first line of We Are the Ghosts on my way to work."
May 9, 2019
Swoon Author Danika Stone: So You Want to Be a Writer...There was a long stretch of years when I described myself as an “aspiring writer.”
May 6, 2019
Swoon Author Danika Stone's Editing Update: Anything Is Possible"Before you light your manuscript on fire, I need to share a secret: You. Can. Handle. This."
April 25, 2019
Swoon Author Jenn P. Nguyen's Editing Update: Every Novel Is Different"It’s a well-known fact that I love editing. First drafts are the devil. They’re messy and unpredictable."
April 22, 2019
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn's First Draft Report: Little by Little"My first drafts are a mess. Like dumpster-fire level."
April 11, 2019
Swoon Author Lillie Vale: The Importance of Strong, Complicated Friendships in YA"Yeah, romance and kissing is nice, but do not underestimate friendship."
April 10, 2019
Ask an Editor: Setting Up Your WorldbuildingIf you're worried your worldbuilding might be bogging down your opening chapters, this post is for you!
April 5, 2019
Swoon Author Sandy Hall: The Advice I Give Myself"If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Writing advice is not one size fits all."
March 28, 2019
Swoon Author Lillie Vale: Refilling the Creative Well"Why do our writer brains always come down on us so hard for taking some much needed R&R?"