Archive | April, 2016

What To Do When You’re Stuck in a Reading Rut

So you might have heard me mention in the past couple of PubCrawl podcast episodes that I’ve been in something of a reading rut and I haven’t really read anything new in the last month. This isn’t that unusual; reading, like so much else in my life, comes and goes in phases. When I am researching for a book, I read voraciously. While I am drafting or else working on writing, I cannot. I am, […]

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Finding the Emotional Power of Your Story World (With the Help of Harry Potter)

As some of you may know, I recently completed a three part series of posts about what to do before you start writing. While many of you responded well to the series as a whole, there was one thing many readers wanted me to touch on even more: Story World, especially when it comes to fantasy. Just to refresh, in the series I explained the Story World as the spaces your characters inhabit, paying particular […]

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Violence in YA

The other day I was having a conversation with a high school Teacher Librarian and she mentioned that her students are not into violent books, but they are fine with books like Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, both of which are pretty violent. This lead us to start considering whether we are somehow classifying violence differently in different genres, and I realized that this is definitely true of me. Don’t get me wrong- I’m […]

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Post-Contract Schedules

There’s a ton of information out there about life pre-contract—how to query an agent, how to revise with critique partners, etc, etc. But life post-contract can be a little harder to research. Recently, we got an email from a reader with a few questions about scheduling after you’ve sold a book. The short answer is: It really varies. Let’s break it down by question! How long do you get to write the first draft and […]

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