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On Writing and Failure

One thing that prevents many people from writing is the fear of failing. “What if my novel sucks?” they wonder, and then to prevent that terrible outcome, they won’t bother to write it at all. That way their story idea will always remain shiny and perfect in their mind. But it’s going to be amazing(!) when they get around to writing it, one day. Just you wait. One of the best pieces of writing advice I heard at the […]

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New Year Writerly Resolutions

Happy New Year, Pubcrawlers! I think we can all agree that 2016 blew pretty hard in a lot of ways. Though many of us experienced awesome things and achieved amazing goals, lots of things outside of our control went kablooey. For me, one of those things was my sense of my own writing. So I decided it was time to create a Writerly New Year’s Resolution. As most of you know, I’m a writer in […]

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Gift Ideas for Bookworms!

Hi all! It’s Julie. The holidays are here–the time of year when many of us exchange gifts with loved ones–and I thought it would be fun to put together some gift suggestions for the book lovers on your list. To get me started, I asked my PubCrawl colleagues for their ideas, and they had quite a few good ones! Stephanie and JJ suggested subscription boxes, such as OwlCrate, LitJoy Crate, and Uppercase Box (which all […]

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It Is Decidedly So

As a teen, one of my closest and most trusted confidantes happened to be made by Mattel. Its black and glossy surface gleamed like my future. Within its walls floated a hypnotic icosahedron, a twenty-sided die that would determine the course of everything. Yes. I was obsessed with my Magic 8 Ball. And into that orb of plastic, I poured every one of my adolescent hopes and dreams. Secret crushes, wild aspirations, even my deepest […]

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More about waiting

Sometimes, it feels like nothing is happening. Even published, with lots of new demands on my time, there’s occasionally a moment of feeling like everything is going stagnant. For me, this is usually in that weird quiet time a few months after a book has come out, but before anything fun starts happening with the next one. Other writers hit that wall of NOTHING IS HAPPENING at other points. My impulse is always to make […]

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