Category Archives: writing advice

In the months since the release of ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA, I’ve heard from a lot of readers about loving Persis, loving Princess Isla, Persis and Isla’s relationship, general gender-flippery, and even wanting a star cove of their very own. … Continue reading

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I often get asked in interviews or on panels how I got an agent and a book deal. I think this is because of two reasons: 1) a lot of times, the people asking the questions are aspiring writers themselves, … Continue reading

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Agent Suzie Townsend (who represents NA superstar Cora Carmack, among others) recently did a Q&A with several editors and agents about the genre of New Adult. And, despite the best wishes of many aspiring writers and NA fans who wish … Continue reading

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Just read a very interesting article on about “juicing your emotion” — or, as my writer friends and I tend to call it (and as the writer of the article, Mary Kole, eventually does) “Going There.” Going There is … Continue reading

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Saw a great blog post today by Michelle Maison on getting the perfect title for your work (via Janice Hardy), and in reading, realized that I have utilized many of these methods myself. Sometimes, the perfect title comes in an … Continue reading

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Let me start out this post by saying RIO IS FINE, and also, because it can’t be stated often enough (and for anyone who got here by googling): DON’T FEED YOUR DOG CHOCOLATE, GRAPES, OR RAISINS, and definitely no sugar-free … Continue reading

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On the YALSA blog, there is a discussion of white washing on the cover of YA novels, and one of the novels mentioned is For Darkness Shows the Stars. There are many inaccuracies in this article (including stating that LIAR … Continue reading

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As those who follow me on Twitter know, I recently came across some really bad advice that is making the rounds among the aspiring writer circles and forums on the internet. There are two different prongs to this exceptionally crappy … Continue reading

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Today I’m guest blogging over at the fabulous Janice Hardy’s equally fabulous writing craft blog: The Other Side of the Story. I’m talking about introducing characters, and the importance of a first impression. Discussions of Elliot North, Ebenezer Scrooge, and … Continue reading

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Today’s post at Genreality is (rather fittingly) about Writing Battle Scenes. Check it out. Sailor Boy finished the book just last night, we’re headed to a matinee this afternoon, and I am off to sidebraid my hair. If it works … Continue reading

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