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Researching Your Novel

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Writers, Writing Resources | 14 comments

Recently, I received a question in the Daydreamers forum about research–where I do it, how I do it. I actually did a series on this forever ago (like, 4 years!! Can you believe I’ve been blogging so long?!), so now seems like a good time to re-address this subject. Now, I’ve met writers who think that since they’re writing fiction, they can get away with making up whatever they want and don’t have to research. Erm…no. Yes, your readers will suspend disbelief, but only so far. Like, you can  get away with...

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Win a signed advanced copy of FROZEN by Erin Bowman!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Books, Stuff I Like | 23 comments

I’m back from Seattle, and I’ve got an awesome giveaway for you. Why? Because Frozen by Erin Bowman releases in 1 WEEK!!! 4/15 to be exact. I can’t believe a whole year has passed since Taken launched, but I’m also glad because now YOU can read the sequel too!! So, to celebrate the forthcoming release, I have a signed ADVANCED READER COPY (a.k.a. ARC or galley) of Frozen for you all to win!  The Heists were only the beginning. Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but...

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: Reconnecting With Your Characters

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Writers, Writing Resources | 0 comments

Last week, I got another great question in the Misfits & Daydreamers forum (ask your own questions if you have any!): See, I move around / travel quite a bit…[and] something happens while I’m traveling that breaks / weakens my connection with the characters… I end up writing absolute rubbish, just forcing my characters — these strangers — down plots and crossroads. SO, my question is: How did you reconnect with your characters? Okay. Awesome question because losing touch with characters happens to me–and other...

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: Crafting an Ending that Sings

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Truthwitch, Writers, Writing Resources | 0 comments

Last week, I got a tough  question in the Misfits & Daydreamers forum: I usually have a beginning and middle, but endings are torture for me. I can never ever find one that lives up to my standards or really fits with my vision. Some writers just have an ending in mind and I don’t understand that T_T. How do you choose your endings and how do you know it won’t disappoint your reader? That’s hard for me to answer for 2 reasons: Everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I DO. Ahem. Which...

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Increase Your Writing Productivity: the power of realism, reset, and record

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Writers, Writing Resources | 9 comments

 the Truthwitch deal and the Misfits & Daydreamers newsletter! Anyway, we’re back to our regularly scheduled program today: the last post in the Increase Your Writing Productivity blog series. If you’re just joining the series, then make sure you read the earlier posts so that today’s makes sense: The Productivity Pyramid The Power of Ritual The Power of Routine The Power of Rhythm This week, I’m talking about the final three steps on the Productivity Pyramid: realism, reset, and record. When I say realism, I mean...

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New book deals + a newsletter thingy!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Books, publishing, Stuff I Like, Truthwitch, Writers | 55 comments

I know I was supposed to give you guys the final steps of the Productivity Pyramid this week, but I found out rather suddenly that we were going to announce my new book deal today (instead of later this spring, as planned)…so DUH, new book deals took precedence!! Of course, learning we were going to announce also led me to dancinglikeacrazyperson around my office (and then almost fainting because I’m so out of shape), before I hunkered down to get a few things wrapped up that I had planned to launch alongside the new series...

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Increase Your Writing Productivity (part 4): the power of rhythm

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Writers, Writing Resources | 9 comments

Hello, Dear Readers! I’m back from my desert adventure and am now a Real Adult (as marked by turning 30). Huzzah! More importantly, I’m returned to the blog so we can continue the Increase Your Writing Productivity blog series. If you’re just joining the series, then make sure you read the earlier posts so that today’s makes sense: The Productivity Pyramid The Power of Ritual The Power of Routine This week, I’m talking about rhythm (I have the hardest time spelling that word. EVERY TIME, I type it wrong). This is...

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Increase Your Writing Productivity (part 3): the power of routine

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Inspiration, Writers, Writing Resources | 8 comments

Ah, routine. The second step on the Productivity Pyramid. In case you’re new to the series, you can learn more here: The Productivity Pyramid The Power of Ritual Now back to routine. I almost made this the base of the Productivity Pyramid because it can be so powerful for productivity–and not just creative productivity, but for all aspects of your life. Ultimately, though, I settled on ritual as the base because I realize not everyone can routinize their everyday life. Also, rituals can allow you to reach creative flow at any...

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Increase Your Writing Productivity (part 2): the power of ritual

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Inspiration, Writers, Writing Resources | 25 comments

Last week, I introduced my Productivity Pyramid (that isn’t a pyramid at all, but I just can’t let go of the lovely alliteration from 2 p’s, you know?). This week, I’m focusing on what I think is the most important part of that pyramid–the base upon which all the other R-words are built. Yeah, that’s right: Ritual. A ritual is (according to Merriam-Webster) “an act or series of acts done in a particular situation and in the same way each time.” Rituals are INCREDIBLY powerful tools, and they can...

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Increase Your Writing Productivity (part 1): the productivity pyramid

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Inspiration, Writers, Writing Resources | 0 comments

As promised in the FRAB to Fab series on my personal blog, I’m doing a spin-off series on increasing your writing productivity. Today is an introduction to what I call the Productivity Pyramid…Except that it’s not really a pyramid at all, but rather an upside-down triangle (as you can see below). STILL, you get the idea. The top of the triangle–ritual–is what I consider to be the most important technique for increasing creative output. Then each technique beneath that builds on the one before. Make sense? It...

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