by Meg Dowell
When we share our work with others, we are usually looking for one thing: feedback.
Constructive criticism is an important part of the writing process. Without it, we might still be able to improve, but we’d do so at a much slower and less specific rate. Having someone hand us back our work with specific notes on things we can fix and improve on isn’t always easy, but over time we get used to it. If we can find a good feedback source. And that’s a big IF.
Continue reading Why Truly Helpful Feedback is Hard to Come By
Hello readers and writers!
Today marks the first day in a 20-day-long contest. Andrea Lundgren, who does book coaching services has generously donated prizes to 7 winners. Here’s what 7 lucky people will win (one prize per winner):
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by David Ben-Ami
Every reader loves a good villain, and most writers love them too. If you rack your brain about some of the most memorable characters in books, movies, and on TV, I’d bet more than a few villains pop up.
Continue reading The Missing Piece – What Most Antagonists Lack
by Amie Gibbons
Hey, how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? : )
No, I’m not trying to bait you or make you feel terrible about yourself. I’m trying to make a point. If you set goals, do you stick to them?
Continue reading Want to Meet Your Goals This Year? Start Setting Definite Ones.
By J.J. Hensley
For seven years, I had the pleasure of being a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. During that time, I conducted a variety of criminal investigations involving counterfeiting, check fraud, wire fraud, and even cell phone cloning.
Continue reading How Pitching a Novel is Like Being in the Secret Service
by Suzanne Purkis
When I was studying European history at university, I had to write a paper about the Carolingian empire. You won’t be surprised to learn that I chose a language-related topic. These days, as my six-year-old learns to read and write, I’ve been thinking about that paper. Today, I’d like to revisit it.
Continue reading How Upper and Lower Case Letters Changed the World
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Particularly not, but considering the fact that almost every teenage girl can connect with Dessen’s stories, it makes us feel like anyone can write a good young adult novel as long as you can relate.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not discrediting this woman: she’s incredibly smart and I’m impressed that she can crank out so many YA books without making them seem like the most cliché stories you’ve ever heard. She addresses teenage problems, as if she was in the body of a teenager herself, and it makes people want to be her best friend.
Continue reading Can Everyone Write a YA Novel?
by Meg Dowell
When you’re a writer, people–writers and non-writers alike–ask you a lot of questions.
They ask you where your ideas come from. How you get so much writing done in a day (or why you don’t). If you think you’ll ever be as successful as [insert their favorite author here].
For me, the hardest question to answer–possibly the most terrifying question anyone has ever asked me–has nothing to do with my ideas. I have a few theories about those.
Continue reading The Scariest Question Anyone Has Ever Asked Me About Writing