Category Archives: writing advice

Writers! Grab Holly Lisle’s How To Write Short Stories course at her early bird price of $67. It will never be this low again.

I have bought many of Holly Lisle’s courses over the years–her short ones you can dive right into, and her bigger, more complicated classes–and I highly recommend them. Holly offers clear, detailed, truly helpful advice on writing fiction, and is … Continue reading

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All I Need To Know About Writing: Guest Post by YA author Jocelyn Shipley

Today YA author Jocelyn Shipley talks to us about writing–the heartaches and the joys. Jocelyn Shipley is the author of How to Tend a Grave, Getting A Life, and Cross My Heart, and co-editor of Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real … Continue reading

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Why Doubting Your Writing Can Be a Good Thing. Guest post by YA author Nelsa Roberto

Today YA writer Nelsa Roberto (author of Illegally Blonde and The Break) talks to us about doubting our own writing. Having self-doubt is something that a lot of writers struggle with, myself included. I go through doubt and worry for … Continue reading

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LOVE YA author Beth Revis’ post on how to respond to negative reviews

I’ve seen some posts lately about YA authors and/or their supporters flipping out on reviewers online. It makes me curl my toes up. It’s just…not professional, you know? But it’s also not feel-good. It can bring a negative feeling for … Continue reading

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Learning story structure from screenwriters

I’ve thought for several years now that screenwriting books teach story structure and plot more clearly, practically, and fully than many books for novelists, with more insight and in a way that works (though I’ve also learned a ton from … Continue reading

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read an excerpt from Donald Maas new writing technique book

Did you read and enjoy Donald Maas book Writing the Breakout Novel? I did. So I was inerested to see that the blog Type M for Murder has an excerpt from Maas’ new book, The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose … Continue reading

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Funny yet wise video for writers – critique partners

If you write, it’s really important to be part of an honest but respectful critique group, or to have a critique partner. Critiques can help you polish your writing in a way that you couldn’t without an honest and experienced … Continue reading

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Writer Digest TV for writers

Ohhh, exciting, exciting stuff for writers who enjoy reading or learning about writing technique (and I do! I do!): this fall, Writer’s Digest is launching Writer’s Digest TV – bringing writing conferences right to your TV. I wonder if they’ll … Continue reading

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Writing humor – Libba Bray’s post

If you haven’t read Libba Bray’s Writing a Novel, A Love Story, then check it out. It’s a funny, witty piece comparing writing, editing, and publishing a novel to falling in and out of love. It will have many writers … Continue reading

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