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How to market young adult fiction (and get more book reviews)

I’ve recently realized that I have way too many websites; I haven’t posted anything on this one for awhile – I continue to post most of my book …

How to Write a Comedy Script for a Play

<i>Christine’s Note: This is a guest post by Jessica Bylander, a writer, editor, and playwright. We met as classmates through The Johns Hopkins Writing</i> …

Living Rooms

Everything You Need To Know BEFORE You Start To Edit

I finished the first draft of my novel in August last year. I was B.U.Z.Z.I.N.G I’d finally done what I said I’d do – write a book… Ok, I finished a …

Layering 20 Scenes to Create a Strong Romance Novel

Last week I probably overwhelmed you by showing you how to integrate the key romance scenes into your foundational ten scenes. This post is a long …

Creative Writing

7 Playful Techniques to Shatter Your Writer’s Block

by Guest BloggerCherryl Chow is a writer who specializes in health, fitness, lifestyle topics, and Japanese cultural issues. She is the co-author of …

Self-Criticism

What is Point of View For, Anyway?

<i>Sat Feb 27 2016</i><p>Writers usually discuss POV in the superficial terms of the grammatical differences between first, second, and third person writing. …

Who dunnit? Top tips for writing detective fiction

From red herrings to maguffins to double identities, Knightley and Son author Rohan Gavin shares the secrets of writing great detective stories<p>I love detective novels because, like a favourite dish, you always know what you’re going to get, but you never know quite how it’s going to be served up. …

Books

7 Ways to Overcome Your Procrastination and Finish Writing Your Book

By Jan Yager for IndieReader<p>I recently had dinner with a friend of mine who is trying to finish a book that she's been working on for many years. She asked my advice on how to finish her manuscript.<p>As the author of more than 40 books, I thought she might find it comforting if I told her that I too …

Writing

Books vs. Extremism

At Electric Literature, Je Banach explores how literary discourse can “break down barriers” in a time of political extremism:<p>Literary discourse, the …

20 YA Authors Share Their 2016 Must-Reads

More by Sona<p>Streamline your 2016 to-be-read pile with these awesome teen book recommendations from 20 of your favorite YA authors—from <b>Maggie</b> …

Books

We Need To Talk About "Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban"

It's time for us to have a serious discussion, Potterheads.