Tag Archives: Writing 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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Escaping escapism

Lately, I’ve been thinking on and off about how my reading and writing preferences have evolved over time. I will happily admit that I like reading—and writing—because I enjoy escaping reality. Even if the book I choose to read is … 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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Feedback connoisseur

I’ve written before, across a few different posts, about the challenge of giving and receiving feedback/critiques, but because of my recent involvement in two local writing groups, the topic has been on my mind again. I think a lot of … Continue reading

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Making writing social

Hello, Internet! I am not dead; I’m sure you’re all relieved. Life has just been hectic, and also I’m a writer so I’m really good at procrastinating. Even though I’ve been quiet on my blog (and Twitter, and Facebook—I’m really bad … Continue reading

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Impatiently patient

Lately, I’ve been having a problem with my writing. I hesitate to call it writer’s block, but even this blog post took far longer than it should have for its relatively short length. It’s not coming up with ideas that’s … Continue reading

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Everyone can be a writer—and that’s awesome

When I was younger, I used to think it took a special kind of person to be a writer. And at various stages of my life—and depending on my self-confidence—I would either consider myself one of those people or not. … 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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