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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

October really is the perfect time for Halloween. As the days grow shorter, the sun sets earlier, and the leaves start to crackle, the idea of staying in with a bucket of popcorn and a scary book or movie grows more appealing. At least, it does to me! I’ll admit I’m a bit of a coward when it comes to horror flicks, but there is something fascinating about the psychology of scaring yourself on purpose. […]

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How To Fight Blocked Creativity

A few months ago, I really struggled to find motivation for my current work-in-progress, the third book in my contract with Penguin. I was traveling to promote my first book, thinking of ways to market my second, and experiencing the remnants of Debut Stress left over from last year. So I had a hard time feeling excited about my story, and honestly, there were days when writing 100 words felt like pulling teeth! Every now […]

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Guest Post: Giving Up On Writing. Again. And Again.

When Patrice asked if I’d be willing to write a post about not giving up, my first response was: oh, but I’m not the right person for this—I gave up so many times! But Patrice made a good point: writing isn’t about not wanting to give up, but about knowing when to keep going. The first book I ever wrote seriously (by which I mean I wrote “The End” and actually let another human—aka not […]

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Knowing Yourself Better Through Writing

The word “journey” is used a lot when it comes to writing and publishing. It can describe the process of turning an idea into a completed manuscript or a Word document into a hardcover book, or even the metamorphosis of a writer, after years of being rejected, into a fully-fledged published author. But “journey” can also describe something that’s much more personal: the business of getting to know yourself better through your writing. I’ve been […]

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For the writers writing sequels

There’s something about sequels. Sequels are difficult for most almost every author I know. For those early in their careers, it’s often their first time writing an entire novel under contract, and under deadline. Contracts and deadlines do a funny thing to books: suddenly the fun idea is also work. Suddenly it’s not just the writer’s; it’s the publisher’s, too. Add the layer of pressure that comes from reader expectation? Writing a sequel can be […]

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