Five Tips for the Halfway Point of NaNoWriMo

Hey PubCrawlers! Today is November 17, so we’re just past the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. I’m not participating this year, but I have a few times in the past, and I’ve “won” NaNoWriMo once. Though it’s certainly not your greatest failure if you quit partway through, finishing and “winning” NaNo can help you jumpstart a new project and validate your ability to complete what sometimes seems like an impossible task. We’ve had some great posts […]

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Why Rejection on a First Book Can Be a Blessing

Okay, I get it. Writing is hard. And not only is it hard, it’s time-consuming, sometimes all-consuming. You fall in love with your characters, your world, your stakes. You love your work. You believe in your work. So as a querying writer or an agented writer going on submission for the first time, you want more than anything for an agent or editor to see all the things that you love about your work and […]

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Five Tips For Fairy Tale Retellings

What is it about fairy tales? Why do we find these stories so intriguing and how do they keep emerging in different variations and art mediums? As a writer, fairy tales are my bread-and-butter. I cut my teeth on them. They were the first stories I ever read as a child; I owned a hundred Golden Books about Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. At eight years old, when I started to […]

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Some NaNoWriMo Tips From Someone Who Has Never Done NaNoWriMo

To all those about to embark on the adventure known as National Novel Writing Month (Fun fact: For some reason my wife can’t stand the phrase NaNoWriMo, so I always have to refer to it by its full name), here are some tips to help you get through the next 30 days. While I have not yet tried this monthly challenge myself, these are the same tips I give anyone writing their first draft of […]

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