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Can A Messy #NaNoWriMo Project Be A Success?

Can A Messy #NaNoWriMo Project Be A Success?

NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month. Basically, every November, aspiring and published authors take it upon themselves to complete a FULL-LENGTH BOOK of 50,000+ words in four short weeks. It seems like an impossible task, but IT CAN BE DONE.

#AmWriting Everywhere: Writing With A Busy Lifestyle

#AmWriting Everywhere: Writing With A Busy Lifestyle

With NaNoWriMo under way, I figured a post about writing everywhere might be helpful! As authors, both aspiring and published, we often have a drive to write … all the time. But it’s hard to find time when we’re balancing a current paying job with a social life and our down time to relax! How can we do it all?

From Idea to Paper: Telling vs. Showing

From Idea to Paper: Telling vs. Showing

An idea forms, and you’re madly trying to write it down before it dwindles and fades and you forget you even had this magical concept in your grasp. But HOW do you show what you see in your head? HOW can you articulate those scenes and characters, if they’re all in your imagination? In this post, I aim to help you bring your awesome idea to life!

Why Do Authors Practice Writing Books?

Why Do Authors Practice Writing Books?

How does an author discover their writing style? Well, it may sound like something that's innate but it's certainly not that simple. Finding a writing style that's best for you takes a lot of work and a few tries before some authors get it right. Like anything in life, authors have to practice, practice, practice! 

Lit to Stick: 3 Tips for Landing an Agent

Lit to Stick: 3 Tips for Landing an Agent

Guest Post featuring author and literary agent Caroline George.

Like visual art, writing carries a subjective quality. One reader may adore the book. Another may give the story a thumbs down. Since literary agents are readers, they also view writing through a subjective lens. Each agent determines a submission’s worth based on their personal rubric—platform, plot, genre, writing style, etc. Check out Caroline George’s tips on how you can appeal to literary agents.

5 Tips For Editing Your First Book

5 Tips For Editing Your First Book

So, you just typed “THE END” and your story is ready to be published, right? WRONG. You have hours of editing ahead of you so sit tight, grab another coffee, and get ready to dig in.

How To Write Teen Fiction

How To Write Teen Fiction

A question I get asked often is: “How do you write teen fiction?”

The answer is simple. I am passionate about reading, especially reading YA fiction. And as a writer, I am a firm believer that you cannot write a genre you’re not already reading yourself.

6 Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Cravings

6 Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Cravings

Do you get snacky while studying, reading, writing, or just watching TV like a couch potato? I do, so I thought I would write this post to help all you snackers pick out healthier alternatives to the bag of chips sitting there... tempting...