Tag Archive: writing advice

Revisions and Why You Shouldn’t Fear Them

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Writing can be scary. Whether we’re diving into a genre we’ve never attempted, or plotting our very first battle or a character’s first kiss, or letting a trusted friend read our story for the first… Continue reading

You Gotta Be Willing to Break It

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Revisions. *sigh* They sure aren’t for the faint of heart. Back when I started writing, I thought revisions meant checking for typos and correcting punctuation. I’d write a story and, naturally, think it was… Continue reading

You’re Only As Good As Your Opening Line

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I recently attended the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA, and got to hear award-winning author Richard Peck speak about crafting opening lines. While Richard Peck is predominantly a children’s book author, what he had to… Continue reading

Writing Wisdom from John Barrowman

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This past weekend, I attended Phoenix Comicon ’13 where I got to see John Barrowman talk about his career as an actor and performer. You probably know John Barrowman for his roles as… Continue reading

Old friend. Gold advice.

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Last week was spring break, dudes! Spring break at the McLanes! (Or, as it is known in the world of stay-at-home-moms, MANDATORY OVERTIME.) Not that I don’t love hanging with my kid. I… Continue reading

Wait, wait, don’t tell me.

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The primary use of dialogue is to convey information. We do it all the time in daily life. The problem we run into, when writing, is when we make the mistake of having… Continue reading

The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Ignored

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There’s a lot of writing advice out there. A lot of it is great. And some of it is B-A-D, bad. Like many things in life, you have to take writing advice with… Continue reading

When Is It Too Much?

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When is it too much? When have you gone too far? Too Much is one of those things I can easily identify in other writers’ works, but find difficult to see in my… Continue reading

Turning Your Rough Drafts Into Gems

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“Mom, what does sandstone turn into?” My daughter recently finished a geology unit at school, and was quizzing me on the things she’d learned. “Quartzite,” she said. “What does the sandstone need to… Continue reading

How To Live With A Writer

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This week we’re looking at the writing life from the perspective of those who deal with the writer’s neuroses, insecurities and ego on a daily basis. To get a true insider’s perspective, I… Continue reading

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