Tag Archives: novel

Identity Crisis

When I first began writing, I had no notions of writing YA. I was going to be the next Nora Roberts or Sophie Kinsella. I hadn’t decided quite yet. And then I read Sarah Addison Allen, and I was terrified I’d never be able to write like that (I won’t, and that’s ok. We’re different). […]
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Wanna Know How/Where to Start Your Novel?

Wanna Know How/Where to Start Your Novel? Read a TON of first chapters. I’ll talk about published ones today, and unpublished ones in another post. On my week of not-writing, one of the things I did was go to Amazon and read a TON of first chapters. (I may write up something on how important […]
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Questions: THE BIG PICTURE

I don’t care if you use these before you start to write, or if you’re like me, and you puke out a first draft before you know what your book is about, but here are a few BIG PICTURE QUESTIONS to help your WIP. Or a project you’re just beginning. Or something you’ve been thinking about […]
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Mad Drafting Skillz Part II: Pre-writing RESEARCH

You know that really annoying saying out there that says – WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW? And as creative people, we kind of HATE THAT? Because we write mythical creatures and experiences and things we’ll never actually KNOW? This is why research is so important. I spend a lot of time thinking about a novel before […]
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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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