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Mad Drafting Skillz Part IV: PLOTTY PANTS

  It might seem strange to some of you that I waited until I was done with PRE WRITING to talk about plotty things, but I know some authors who pause and plot halfway through their first draft. I often stick my whole first draft into some kind of plotty tool AFTER I write. So, […]
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Mad Drafting Skillz Part III: Pre Writing – VISUALS (aka ALLLL the prettiessss)

Pretty much everything I talk about today is something you can include your family in, if you’re a writer who is always juggling your family time with your work time with your writing time.   I’m a visual learner. If we meet, I’ll ask you your name about 8 times before I learn it (or just […]
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Learn. Propel.

(This is a re-post from http://www.jolenebperry.com) I use LEARN and PROPEL 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 […]
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Music and Writing Books

Think of all the new hits you’ve heard in your lifetime that you loved from the first time you heard them. You end up singing along to the chorus before your first listen is over. There’s something familiar about the chord progression, OR the beat, OR the lyrics OR a combination of the three. But […]
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In Brief: BE CREATIVE

Oh, man… I just had a weird cheerleading flashback, BE CRE-AY-TIVE. B. E. CRE-AY-TIVE! I’m so sorry for dragging you down that mini rabbit-hole with me. Ahem. *re-starts post*attempts to be somewhat professional*snorts*continues writing post anyway* I’ve been reading a TON of pre-published manuscripts lately, and it’s been amazing and interesting, but here’s what is […]
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Rant: on DNF Reviews

I get twitchy and maybe a little stabby every time I see a DNF (did not finish) review for a contemporary YA, or any novel, where the MC was a terrible person in the beginning, and the person didn’t keep reading for this reason. Um… If the character was perfect, conflict would be a little […]
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In Brief: Maintaining Perspective in Publishing

The older I get the less I believe in correct and incorrect decisions. I’m not saying I don’t look back at my “regular life” and my “writing life” and go – WHAT THE VERY HELL WAS I THINKING??? But I will say that most often, I remember WHY I made a given decision at a […]
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#CharactersWelcome – author Courtney Stevens

HOW WE MET: I met Courtney before either of us were agented – 2010? 2011? We’d both entered in a one-sentence pitch contest, and I begged her to let me read her submission. It was fab. (ME AND COURT AT SCBWI 2012 – SHE NO LONGER HAS THAT HAIR, AND I NO LONGER HAVE THAT EXTRA […]
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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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6 Things – HAPPENINGS

ONE So. My very cool granddad passed away. I’m going to miss him terribly. I looked up to him so much and have always wanted to write as well as him. The upside was that I got to spend the weekend with family that I don’t see often. TWO My kids start school in ONE […]
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