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Finding Inspiration Outside of Your Usual Genre

When I tell people that I’m a YA fantasy author, one of the questions I’m most frequently asked is “Where do you find your inspiration?” I’m asked it often enough that I usually have to suppress some sort of groan. Not because it’s a dumb question (I’m certainly interested in other people’s creative processes, too!), but rather because there is NO simple answer and to try to sum it all up in a few sentences […]

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Blogging: An Existential Crisis

Do you blog? Do you dare to blog? Some writers agonize over if they should blog or not. For me, the question isn’t ‘To Blog or Not to Blog?’ but ‘What Should I Blog?’ It’s more complicated than it sounds. We’ve all been asked at some point during our writing endeavors, ‘Do you have a website? Do you have a blog?’ New writers trying to break into the industry frequently wonder if they should start a new […]

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On Inadequacy

When it comes to having faith in my own writing, I am decidedly agnostic. My mindset, when it comes to my own work, is characterized by ambivalence and indecision. Some days, I have a large amount of faith, other days very little. Sometimes, I only have faith every tenth time I look at that dreaded word document containing my manuscript. In my experience, with writing, it is never enough. I can tell myself that where […]

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Getting a Scene from Brain to Paper

Different writers have difficulty with different parts of the writing process. Some hate fiddling with background information. Others despise revising. Others can’t stand outlining. Me? I have the most trouble with drafting. By “drafting,” what I mean is this whole “get the story down on paper” part of writing. It’s not that I have trouble coming up with new material (I can write little happy excerpts and scenes all day long), or that I don’t […]

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