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Avoidance is Awesome (Except When It’s Not)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in On Writing | 2 comments

Avoidance is Awesome (Except When It’s Not)

I was flipping through an old journal the other morning, looking for notes on a story idea that I’m interested in playing with again, and I found an entry from almost two years prior to the publication of Memories of Ash. Turns out, I was struggling with writing and insecurities at the time.

It’s a bit strange to look back and read it from now, when I’ve overcome those particular challenges and they no longer seem half so intimidating or insurmountable. But the entry below is also part of why I no longer give release dates before a book is actually done. I don’t know what hurdles I’ll face, I don’t know when I might lose the joy of writing and I’ll need to slow down and have fun with it again. I write my best stories when I love what I’m doing, so that ends up taking priority for me. Which works out pretty nicely, even if it means I can’t make promises until I’ve essentially already fulfilled them. Ha!

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Learning to Broaden One’s World: The Writing of “Lady of Dreams” – A Guest Post by W.R. Gingell

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in On Writing | 0 comments

Learning to Broaden One’s World: The Writing of “Lady of Dreams” – A Guest Post by W.R. Gingell

I’ve always been interested in languages. Part of that interest is my fascination with the English language: I love words, and I love how the same five or six words can be twisted, turned, and slanted to give so many different layers of meanings depending upon how they’re ordered.

So I always knew I was going to learn a foreign language: I wanted to see how they fitted and slotted together to make clever little meanings all of their own. Over time, I learned little bits and pieces of French, Latin, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Greek, and Italian. And then there was that phase where I was learning German surreptitiously from my sister’s school-of-the-air German classes because you basically shout everything, and seriously, what is cooler than that?

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Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in On Writing, Stop and Think | 9 comments

Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry  | Disability in Fiction

Today’s post is on about writing and reading, it’s about the vital role representation plays for our youth. If you never see yourself in the books you read, or in the stories around you, whatever their medium, it becomes a struggle to see yourself in the world in a positive and whole way. I know I’ve struggled with this myself, and I am so honored today to share this post by Elsa Henry on growing up with just such a lack of representation, and the vital role writers today face in filling that void.

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Writing: That Job Where You’re at Work Even When You Sleep

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in On Writing | 0 comments

Writing: That Job Where You’re at Work Even When You Sleep

Some nights, I can’t fall asleep due to the conversations going on in my head–not the mention the sudden action sequences, the betrayals–how do you sleep? And then, some nights, I fall asleep and this…

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Writing and the Creator’s Curse…

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in On Writing | 2 comments

Writing and the Creator’s Curse…

This may explain why even after five rounds of revision I am never quite happy with the story I’m working on… Also, the writer’s expression in the last frame… Perfect. Source: Writing Memes :...

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Lesser Known Editing Symbols

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in On Writing | 4 comments

Lesser Known Editing Symbols

I have an amazing copyeditor. I’m just finishing up working through all the (many, many) edits she had for me. All I can say is she may have used some of these symbols for me … especially the third one. 🙂 Oh, and not the adverb one. Never the adverb one....

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