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Taking Advantage of Our Unpublished Work

Gather around the fire. Let’s tell a ghost story. I have a middle grade novel that releases next year. The series follows characters that train for their potential stories by attending Protagonist Preparatory. In the book, my main character stumbles upon the Sepulcher. But instead of hosting dead people, the school’s catacombs are full of dead books. All those books you started but never finished in high school? First chapters that never quite took off? […]

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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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