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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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Making Attainable Goals

As writers, we make many goals for ourselves: Finish a new manuscript this year. Sign with an agent by my birthday in September. Write 50,000 words in November. Send out 10 queries this week. Show my editor the proposal for my next work. Hit the New York Times Bestsellers list. Win a Printz or a Newbury. Make a new friend at the upcoming writers’ conference. Get J.K. Rowling to blurb my book.   Those are […]

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Taking Writing breaks, especially when you don’t want to

Hey PubCrawl readers! Happy Friday! I’m here today to talk about writing breaks and giving your creative soul time to recharge, complete with craft links (at the post’s end)!! I am a big fan of taking breaks. I am also the world’s most stubborn person. I’ve talked about this a bit here before, but 2016 was a really rough year for me. I had been querying for a few years at that point. About a […]

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Method Writing: Getting Into Your Characters’ Heads!

Acting and writing are a lot more similar than you’d think. After all, both professions require you to get into your character’s head in order to present them in a realistic way. Hollywood stars are always in the news for their odd and interesting method acting techniques. Some of them gain or lose weight to get into character while others give up life with running water and electricity to get into the spirit of a […]

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Five Tips For Fairy Tale Retellings

What is it about fairy tales? Why do we find these stories so intriguing and how do they keep emerging in different variations and art mediums? As a writer, fairy tales are my bread-and-butter. I cut my teeth on them. They were the first stories I ever read as a child; I owned a hundred Golden Books about Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. At eight years old, when I started to […]

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