Category Archives: Learning

Things to Ask Yourself – Characterization

CHARACTERIZATION!! This is probably the thing I spend the most time on when writing. I know why each of my characters made each decision. Why they use the words they do. The way they see the world, and WHY they see the world a certain way. (Then I hope I’ve transferred that to the page). […]
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LEARN. PROPEL.

I use these two words a LOT – especially when I’m revising. After working through agent notes on one MS, and my first beta reader notes on another, I find myself going back to the basics. When a writer shifts something near the beginning of their MS, especially when it has to do with the […]
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A Few Common Writerly-Person Mistakes (11 to be exact)

Writerly-Person? I know. You’re ready to walk away now. I was asked this question in a local writer’s group not long ago, and thought I’d turn it into a short blog post, because I much prefer short blog posts 🙂 I’m just going to jump RIGHT IN. With very new writers, I see way too […]
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Psst… You’re Going to get it Wrong

I was involved in several plays in college. One of the characters in a production was a pregnant woman and there was AN ACTUAL PREGNANT WOMAN cast in that role! Perfect! Think of all the research of “pregnant woman movement” she won’t have to do! When the review was printed in the paper after opening night, […]
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I Write What I Write

I remember after reading 20 Boy Summer and Fixing Delilah that I thought to myself – I wanna write a book like that. And then I went on a John Green binge, even though I threw Looking for Alaska across the room when I reached THAT part. And I was like – I wanna write a book like […]
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