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Bringing The Fun Back Into Writing

Stephanie: It’s the beginning of November, which means NaNoWriMo has just begun! I love the idea of NaNo. I love that it’s a race to write fast, and one that everyone can win. So instead of competing, people are rooting for one another. A wide array of authors give inspirational pep talks. Strangers write together in coffee shops. Friendships are formed as people participate in group writing sprints. NaNo is fun! And I think this is […]

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How to Create a Fantastic Book Title

Hi all! Stephanie here, with my good buddy and fellow pub-crawler, Stacey Lee! Today we are talking TITLES. Stephanie: If you’re a writer, chances are you’ve had to come up with a title. And if you’re a writer with an agent or editor, chances are, at some point, you have either been asked to change your title, or you will be asked this in the future. And, like so many other facets of writing, changing […]

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Tracing Inspiration

Most writers will get the “where do you get your ideas?” question at least once in their careers. Probably many, many times. Short of tossing out a snarky response like “J.C. Penney” or “the Idea catalog,” I usually reply, “From everything around me.” Helpful, right? I’m not kidding though. I’m actually not the most observant of people and I have a terrible memory, which is why I became a writer instead of a consulting detective. […]

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Brainstorming an Idea into a Story

We’ve had a few good posts here recently about coming up with solid ideas. JJ had a really good post about idea generation here. I also posted on this topic here. But what does a writer do once they have a kernel of an idea? How does a one-sentence seed grow into an 80,000 word novel? I’m a planner (meaning I outline my stories, as opposed to a pantser, who writes from the seat of […]

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The Big Idea: How to Find the Right Idea to Turn into a Book

Where do you get your ideas from? is a question writers commonly receive, and is probably one of the hardest ones to answer. Part of that is because the Idea Generation process is different from writer to writer, and part of it is because many of us simply don’t know. We might as well say we get our ideas from IDËA, the Scandinavian idea superstore. Makes as much sense as anything else we might say. However, […]

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