Category Archives: writing technique

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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A lot of writing & marketing ebooks on sale today only for #writers today only. Grab them while you can!

There are a number of writing technique and book marketing ebooks on sale today only (Fri Nov 7, 2014) for only $0.99 on Amazon that, if you’re a writer, published or pre-published, you may want to buy. I’ve snatched up … Continue reading

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Need a boost in your writing or editing? Check out Holly Lisle’s books and courses.

If you’re looking for some good writing technique books or online courses, I highly recommend Holly Lisle’s books and courses. I have her Create a Character Clinic, Create a Plot Clinic, and How to Write Page-Turning Scenes, and I’m seriously … Continue reading

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I love Superman…but I don’t love the new Superman movie Man of Steel

I love Superman. As an abused kid, I used to wish I could be like Superman–have bullets bounce off me, be strong enough to toss my attackers away. It helped me feel stronger, less like a victim, imagining I could … Continue reading

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For NaNoWriMo HarperCollins has 10 writing techinque ebooks up for $1.99 each

To celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), HarperCollins has 10 writing technique and writing-related ebooks up for $1.99 each (for a limited time). I love writing technique books; I think they help us with our craft, help us to write … Continue reading

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Writers-Want To Grab Your Readers? Make Sure You Have Real Emotion. A Tool To Help You: The Emotion Thesaurus. (Review)

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression Written by: Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi Published by: Create Space (print), and Amazon Indie (ebook) Date Published: May 2012 ISBN: 978-1475004953 For: Writers of all genres Digital review copy was … Continue reading

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Packaging Your Imagination (writer & illustrator) conference registration now open in Toronto

Are you a children’s or YA writer (or illustrator) in Toronto? Check out CANSCAIP’s Packaging Your Imagination conference. Registration is now open. Lots of fantastic authors giving workshops, including Tim Wynne-Jones, Lena Coakley, Carolyn Beck, Allan Stratton, Richard Scrimger, and … Continue reading

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Why Fantasy Novels Can Hook Readers (children, teen, and adult!)

There’s something about fantasy, magic, and dystopian novels that can really hook readers. Think about the Harry Potter books—they got millions of kids, teens, and even adults reading middle-grade fantasy—and loving them, being absorbed in them so much that they … Continue reading

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guest post: YA author C Lee McKenzie on the importance of great first lines in novels. And win a copy of YA novel Sliding on the Edge.

YA author C. Lee McKenzie joins us to talk about the importance of writing great first lines in our novels. C. Lee McKenzie takes on modern issues that today’s teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, … Continue reading

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Bringing Tension and Conflict To Your Novel

Check out my guest post today on The Other Side Of the Story: Bringing Tension & Conflict to Your Novels. I include examples from SCARS and HUNTED, and some concrete ways to increase the tension and conflict in your writing.

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