5 Things to Do to Prepare for National Novel Writing Month

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Happy October! Or for many of us writers, happy month before NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November and invites writers to challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in one month. It’s a Continue reading 5 Things to Do to Prepare for National Novel Writing Month

What To Do When You Get Stuck With Your Writing

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Sometimes you just don’t know what is supposed to happen next. This happens a lot to “pantsers” (writers who don’t do much outlining or planning), but it can also happen to writers who make outlines. Or maybe you’re in the Continue reading What To Do When You Get Stuck With Your Writing

YouTube: A Good Resource for Writers?

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As it turns out, there is a lot more on YouTube than just music videos and cute cat videos. There is an entire community of YouTubers who talk about books (referred to as BookTube). There are YouTubers who talk about activism Continue reading YouTube: A Good Resource for Writers?

5 Ways to Start Your Novel with a Bang

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Whether you pursue self-publishing or traditional publishing, the beginning of your book is extremely important. You can write the best novel ever, but if your first chapter or even your first five pages don’t entice the reader, the world may Continue reading 5 Ways to Start Your Novel with a Bang

Appreciate Your Accomplishments as a Writer

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I just posted a video yesterday in which I discussed a recent shift in my perspective as a writer. Recently, I have had sort of tunnel vision about my young adult novel. I have been so obsessed with whether or Continue reading Appreciate Your Accomplishments as a Writer

There is No “One Size Fits All” Writing Advice

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You might think it’s a little weird for someone who spends a lot of their non-writing time giving writing advice to essentially say, “sometimes you should forget about my advice.” But sometimes, you really should forget about my advice. All writing advice Continue reading There is No “One Size Fits All” Writing Advice

Write What You Want to Write

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So many writers spend too much time thinking about publishing trends. Maybe you see the success of books like THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT so you think, “I should really try writing a YA dystopian novel!” Or maybe you’ve seen Continue reading Write What You Want to Write

7 Ways to Start Your Career after Graduating with an English Degree

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So you’ve read Austen and Shakespeare, you’ve written your term papers, you’ve written a number of short stories or poems, and now you’re the proud recipient of an English degree. Congratulations! You might be asking yourself, “but what do I Continue reading 7 Ways to Start Your Career after Graduating with an English Degree

7 Ways to Come Up With Great Character Names

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So you’re planning out the next great American novel, and you realize you have no idea what to name half of your characters. Don’t panic! Try one of these methods: 1. Borrow from Another Source It’s true that you probably Continue reading 7 Ways to Come Up With Great Character Names