15 Tips for Young Adult Writers
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15 Tips for Young Adult Writers

I Read YA week is May 18-22. “YA” or “Young Adult” fiction is novels, stories, poetry, and various non-fiction written for adolescents, the group somewhere between ‘children’ and ‘adults’. It includes popular novels like Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and SE Hinton’s The Outsiders. HarperCollins made this great infographic that suggests 365 YA books for you … Continue reading

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Writers Tips #94: 9 Writing Tips From James Frey

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading

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Tech Tip for Writers #63: Don’t Like Double Space Between Paragraphs?

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip. Q: My Word 2010 came with a default for double space between paragraphs, … Continue reading

48 Collections to Infuse Your Writing
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48 Collections to Infuse Your Writing

For the next few months, weekly writing tips will revolve around word choice. That includes: colorful and original descriptions pithy words and phrases picture nouns and action verbs writing that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice I keep a  collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books. I’m fascinated … Continue reading

13 Ways and 3 Books to Build Blockbuster Plots
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13 Ways and 3 Books to Build Blockbuster Plots

Martha Alderson’s Blockbuster Plots: Pure and Simple (Illusion Press 2004) presents step-by-step strategies to build your story, maximize the impact of scenes and provide depth to the plot. She focuses not on the ordinary plot, but the one that will push you to the top of the pile, make your book a must-read among all … Continue reading

Writer’s Tip #90: 11 Tips to Self-Editing Your Manuscript
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Writer’s Tip #90: 11 Tips to Self-Editing Your Manuscript

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading