Category Archives: Advice

Creative pause

I’ve been writing for a while now, and I’m still waiting for it to feel like an organic part of my life. I’ve tried the “make it part of your routine” and the “do it when inspiration strikes” approach. And all I’ve … Continue reading

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Scratch that. Rewrite it.

The first draft—the bane of every writer’s existence. It’s the most difficult to complete; it’s the worst in every way; and if you DO finally finish it, you have to go back and basically rewrite the whole thing anyway. The … Continue reading

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When to conceal, when to reveal

There are many aspects about writing that can be difficult, to the point that we writers often summarize it as simply, “Writing is hard.”* Each writer has their own list of aspects that they struggle with most. For some, dialogue is … Continue reading

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Write what you know—or not

In 2012, Lois Lowry gave an excellent speech at Book Expo America. I wasn’t in attendance, but BEA had videos of the panels and breakfasts available on its website. I originally started watching the video of the Children’s Book & … Continue reading

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Always keep writing

Now that my Silly Tree author interview has gone up, I want to expound upon my answer to one of the questions: 6. Do you have advice for other writers? Don’t let someone else’s negative opinion about your writing discourage … Continue reading

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Write every day? Maybe.

It’s familiar advice for anyone who mentions the word ‘writer’, given by almost everyone. You must write every day. Especially on the days you don’t want to. Especially when the words won’t come. Push through it. Make it happen. Write … Continue reading

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