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Aaaand....Action!

Aaaand....Action!

Whether you're writing a James Patterson-like thriller or a more subdued, reflective literary fiction, there's bound to be an actio...
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Really Long & Fascinating Post by John Green

I'm leaping in and out to link to a recent blog post by award-winning, esteemed and all-around marvelous YA author John Green, " Re...
Keeping the passion

Keeping the passion

It’s an exciting thing, deciding you want to try to get your writing published. But adding the element of ‘I want to find an agent for thi...
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Love at First Idea

The first day it’s Leslie and Trix, two newly orphaned sisters against a system that wants them to move in with their evil aunt. The next ti...
Inspiring Songs That Make Writers Salivate

Inspiring Songs That Make Writers Salivate

Most writers will tell you that you just can't be too picky about the conditions under which you write. If your creative juices are only...
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Grammar Groupie Mini-Lesson: Worms in Your Mouth

To be perfect would be interesting; to confess perfection would be really lame. – Grammar Groupie Now that you’ve learned all about be...
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The Great Chronology Debate

The Great Outline Debate is familiar to most of us. Some writers are die-hard planners, pre-plotting every scene and twist like an armature...
Beta Readers: They Do a Novel Good

Beta Readers: They Do a Novel Good

Newbie word of the Day : Betas - no, not those cute little fish that you can buy at the pet store, but trusted individuals who read your c...
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Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

A number of folks on the writing site that I frequent (Absolute Write - it rocks) mentioned  Graceling as a favorite book of theirs, so...
YA Romance: The Art of Giddy

YA Romance: The Art of Giddy

I read and write YA for similar reasons. First and foremost, the excitement . The thrill of first freedoms. Unbridled discovery. It sounds ...
Make me believe you

Make me believe you

Lately, I’ve had an unusual number of people say things to me like, ‘It’s fantasy, so it doesn’t have to be believable.” Stuff like this m...
Learning To Walk in Different Shoes

Learning To Walk in Different Shoes

Newbie Word of the Day: Cardboard Characters (also known as Two-dimensional Characters, Flat Characters) – Characters that don’t come al...
Tales From a Grammar Groupie: Sentence Basics & Style vs. Ignorance

Tales From a Grammar Groupie: Sentence Basics & Style vs. Ignorance

I was chatting with some buddies on Facebook last night when the topic of apostrophe misuse came up. I had teasingly corrected a dear frien...