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Category Archives: Writing Life

The Between Book

by Adam Silvera I recently turned in two YA novels–one to my publisher, the other to my agent–and then I didn’t know what to do. It was the first time in all of 2014 I wasn’t on a deadline. I have plenty ideas for what I want to do next, which is great but also […]

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Writing Out of Order

Kat Zhang – A lot of my writer friends look at me sideways when I say I write my books out of order. The horror on their faces only grows when I admit I even write scenes out of order, jumping around from time-point to time-point until it’s all filled in. I never realized how […]

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Letters from your Characters

by Julie Eshbaugh ~~~ (This post originally appeared in a slightly different form on my personal blog in October, 2010. I revisited it recently and decided to share it here.) Wouldn’t it be great if, when you went to your mailbox today, you found a letter inside from the main character of your work-in-progress, telling […]

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Pick Six: The How to Create a Character Game

by Janice Hardy For some writers, characters pop into being fully formed like Athena from Zeus’s forehead. For others, creating a character is a bit more laborious, filled with uncertainty where to start or what’s needed before they can start writing. Maybe the idea is more plot focused, or more about exploring an idea than […]

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On Handling Criticism

by Alex Bracken — On Saturday morning, as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came across an article written by another author, describing the great lengths she had gone to to track down and, I guess, expose a reviewer she felt was too harsh and inaccurate in her review of this author’s work. […]

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