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How to Write Swoon

Because I’m highly predictable and like to repeat myself, this is apparently the second post about what makes romances swoonworthy I’ve written for PubCrawl. (Oops!) And I’m uncreative to boot, as I tied that post to Valentine’s Day as well. Ah well, I’m going to blame this one on post-release brain farts. Anyway, I don’t mind talking about swoonworthy romances again because, to be honest, it’s a topic I like discussing. I am, at heart, a […]

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The Basics of Show Don’t Tell

Hi all; Julie here! Today’s post goes back to basics with a discussion of Show Don’t Tell. (For other approaches to this rule, you can read JJ’s piece on balancing the mix of showing and telling, Pub Crawl alum Susan Dennard’s post on using showing and telling on macro and micro levels, and Kat’s approach to when to show and when to tell.) There are few rules of craft that can be applied to a […]

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The weight of time (in your book)

Here’s something I do in my first drafts a lot, and always have to trim out in my revisions. I bet I’m not alone. I often find myself writing out the mundane actions of how to sleep or get out of bed. Why? I don’t know. It’s not like my readers don’t know how to get out of bed. First you sit up, then you whine about the sunlight, then you swing your feet over […]

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The book-a-year schedule

Earlier this week, I tweeted that it turns out writing a book a year is actually really hard. For some reason, I hadn’t expected that. I’ll back up. Before I was published, I could write two or three drafts a year, and even sort of revise them. One year I wrote five manuscripts. (What is sleep???) Naively, I thought that if I could do all that, then a book a year would be easy peasy. I […]

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