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A Tale of Two (or Twenty) Titles

Recently, Savannah at SeeSavRead.com posted about how confused she was by the similarity of these three book titles: As the author of one of those books (Shadow and Bone, on the far right), I had to admit, even my head got a bit muddled. But if you take a look at the YA shelves, you’ll notice quite a few words in heavy rotation: shadow, bone, fire, crown, dark, stars. The trends seem to come in […]

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Writing critiques

When I’m between drafts and revisions for my stories, I like to catch up on critiques for my crit partners. (Guess where I am right now.) So I thought I’d tell you a little about how I do critiques. Keep in mind, this is just how I do critiques. Everyone has to find what works best for them — and their crit partners—but in the *mumble mumble* years I’ve been critiquing like this, people tend […]

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Listen Up! My Secret Solution To Stealing Creative Time…

How do you make the most of every minute you have? Soon I’ll be blogging about how to squeeze every moment you can out of your writing day, but today I’m going to share one of my top secret tips. When it comes to making the most of the time you have, nothing beats audio. You can listen to the new must-read story while you go for a run, soak up a lecture on craft […]

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Thoughts on Villains

Out of all the characters that exist in a story, antagonists are the most difficult for me to get right. Too often, I find myself in danger of falling into the trap of writing an antagonist that is too obviously bad, usually to the point where the character just falls flat and becomes a 2D character. I did this a LOT during my early writing days, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a […]

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So You Finished Your First Draft — Now What?

So you finished your first draft. Now what? Everyone revises differently, but if you’re like me, you’ve got a whole list of things you know you need to fix, but you have that advice ringing in your head: let the draft sit for a couple of weeks before you tackle a revision. You can do that. You probably deserve a break. Chance are, you’ve been slaving over your keyboard for at least a couple of […]

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