“I’m sorry,” he says, small and pained and scared and gone. “I’m sorry, I can’t, I shouldn’t, I won’t.” “B—” she whispers, mouth open and terrified and so beautiful, “please—talk to me, baby, please—” “I won’t do this to you,” he says, and it’s final this time. “I won’t do this to you, too.” He […]
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Matt’s staring at him, lips pulled down and eyes soft like he knows what Braedyn’s thinking, what he’s gonna say. It’s not the first time; it won’t be the last. “Nah,” Braedyn says, shaking his head. “Not today.” Then he turns around and walks away.
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About a month ago, I wrote a masterpost of all my writing-related blog posts, and then decided to put together a list of links from others that have helped me become a better writer as well. Since my ‘writing’ bookmark folder is huge, that masterlist of links ended up being split into two parts, the first […]
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A couple weeks ago I promised a list of all the writing resources I’ve come across that have helped me become a better writer. I hope these links can help you as much as they’ve helped me.
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A lot of revision advice goes back to this: print out your novel. Grab a red pen and park yourself in a chair and write out painstaking notes between the lines and in the margins. It’s the best way, they say. Meanwhile, you whimper at the cost of printing out all that paper, or the […]
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The struggle to properly edit one’s novel gets harder and harder as the months drag on. But I think I’ve found a solution: reading my novel out loud.
And here’s six reasons why you should read your novel out loud, too.
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Characters are a big thing for me. I mean, duh—I’m a writer. But I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for character. Above all else, I’ll go for a good character. I don’t care if the plot’s crap and the drama is juvenile—if I love the character, I can waste hours of my […]
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I’m about to start the editing journey again. Those long days of eating bags of chips and hitting your head against a wall because you just can’t word, dang it—yep, that’ll be me. Truth be told, revisions aren’t too easy for me. They never have been. But I’ve come a long way from the fourteen-year-old […]
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