Archive | January, 2015

5 Things I Learned in 2014 & Some Resolutions for 2015

I think of 2013 as “The Year I Learned To Accept Publishing For What It Is (and to stop whining about it)”, and that year held a lot of rough, pretty low patches for me. I wasn’t the only one. In fact, if you do a quick scan of blogs from other authors in my debut year (2012), you’ll see almost every one went through the same emotional highs, lows, and fist-clenching frustrations. It’s just part […]

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From Pantser to Plotter

The more I write, the more of an outliner I become. I literally started the first draft of What’s Left of Me with nothing but a blank word document and Eva’s voice in my mind. The world-building, the other characters, the plot, all developed over the course of that first draft. Of course, that meant the first draft wasn’t very good. Characters switched names halfway through. Plot lines were dropped, changed, or added. Settings morphed from scene […]

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Defining an Age Category

There has been much discussion recently among publishers & booksellers on the topic of defining age categories for children’s/YA books. When I was a kid, the kids’ section of the book store had novels for under 12, and a section of “YA” books for 12 and up. Today, while some bookstores still may not offer more than these two areas for novels, assigning age categories for these books has become a great deal more convoluted. […]

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What happens in the middle?

I’ve talked about beginnings (here, too) and endings (and here’s one from Sooz), but recently someone mentioned they’d really like some thoughts on middles. A lot of times, when people get stuck in the middle of their book, it’s because they’re not totally sure what the middle is supposed to do.. Obviously the beginning sets up conflicts and the ending resolves them, but the middle? The middle is all opportunity to make things worse. Here’s […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: How To Make Them Stick!

It’s that time of year, and most of us jump in every January with a pile of new resolutions. Then, in December, most of us remember them with a guilty start, and wish we’d done better. It’s okay to admit it—you’re in a judgement free zone! So, how do we do better? How do we make sure the resolutions we make in January actually impact our lives in 2015? At the bottom of this post […]

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