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408 Posts: Writing
November 13, 2018
The Dos and Don’ts of Writing SettingWhether you're knocking out a first draft or fine-tuning a fifth one, you'll want to keep these setting tips in mind.
November 7, 2018
Writing Prompt: Who Are These People to You?Having trouble building your YA protagonist? These photo prompts might help break you out of the slump.
November 1, 2018
Swoon Author Danika Stone: In Search of the Elusive Plot BunnyDefeating the blank page is often the hardest step. Danika Stone offers five tips for finding your inspiration.
October 23, 2018
Dos and Don'ts of Writing Text ConvosStaffer Rose F. has some quick tips for avoiding common pitfalls when incorporating text messages in your writing.
October 1, 2018
Ask an Editor: Writing from Multiple POVsSwoon editor Holly West shares a few tips for tackling a project that involves writing from multiple perspectives.
September 26, 2018
Swoon Author Cindy Anstey's Editing Update: Sometimes Messier Is BetterRevising Carols and Chaos involved making things a bit more embarrassing for the main characters, but it was fun!
September 25, 2018
Lights, Camera, ACTION: The Importance of Starting in a SceneThere's no better way to immerse a reader in your story right away than by starting in a scene. Editor Kat B. explains!
September 10, 2018
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner: The 7 Stages of Grief—uh, I mean—EditingThe author of How to Breathe Underwater breaks down the 7 steps of getting your very first edit letter.
August 30, 2018
From the Swoon Squad: Don't Give Up (Part IV)Feeling down about not getting selected this season? Our Swoon authors have some words of wisdom for you.
August 23, 2018
Swoon Author Shannon Klare: You Mean It Happened?From football games to barn hide-and-seek, Surviving Adam Meade contains a lot from Shannon's own high school life.
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.
August 6, 2018
Guest Author Roshani Chokshi: Finding the Right Writing Rituals for YouThere's no "right" way to write. Bestselling author Roshani Chokshi shares some wisdom for finding what works for you.
July 27, 2018
Swoon Author Maggie Ann Martin's Editing Update: Finding a Drafting Schedule That Works for You"Write a little every day" is very common writing advice, but it just doesn't work for everyone.
July 26, 2018
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn: Where Do Ideas Come From?The author of When Life Gives You Demons shares some of her favorite sources of writing inspiration.
July 16, 2018
Guest Author Maurene Goo: How I Draft by Avoiding It Until I Have No Choice But to WriteThe hardest part about being a writer is often finding the time to write. Guest author Maurene Goo shares some tips.
July 6, 2018
Swoon Author SM Koz: Taking Control of the Writing LifeHaving trouble balancing real life with the writing life? SM Koz has some Type A-author suggestions for getting it done.
July 2, 2018
Guest Author Ashley Woodfolk: Finding Inspiration EverywhereDon’t decide what “kind” of writer you are too soon. Instead, be open to inspiration that can come from anywhere.
June 20, 2018
Swoon Author Katy Upperman's Editing Update: Digging DeeperThere were some unique issues to take into consideration while editing Katy Upperman's second novel.
June 18, 2018
Guest Author Aminah Mae Safi: Ask Why, Not HowI’ve gotten a lot of questions, as people have begun reading my debut Not the Girls You're Looking For...
June 6, 2018
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn's Editing Update: A Learning ProcessI love a shiny new idea, but first drafts are not super easy for me. This is probably because I...
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...