Facing the Kickstarter Fears: Take a Risk

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Guest post by Deb Lund Most of you know me as the author of rollicking rhyming romps like my dinobooks, Dinosoaring, and Monsters on Machines, but preparing for a retreat with Darcy forced me to finally complete a first draft of an upper middle-grade historical fantasy. But kidlit isn’t where my writing started. My writing dreams ...

Writing Out of Sequence

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An odd thing is happening on my current WIP: I am writing the story out of order. Here's the process for this story--which will change, of course, for the next story. Jot down rough ideas for the story. This project is book 3 in a series, so I knew the characters and setting. I just needed ...

I Don’t Want an Honest Critique

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Fear No, don't tell me what's wrong with this novel. I don't want to hear it. Minor problems? OK, I'll fix those. But major structural, plot or character problems? Don't tell me. Cynthia Ozick says, "Writing is essentially an act of courage." When I get an honest critique, my courage fails me. I fear the revision needed: ...

12 Perfect Gifts for Writers in 2012

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For the holiday season, I am asking people what Writerly Things would you buy if someone gave you $1000. Here are my suggestions for some Writerly Things. I think you'll still have some change left over for a cup of coffee! I recently attended the Arkansas Reading Association convention and met Newbery Honor winner (x 2) ...

Revision Disturbs our Emotional Core

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Guest post by Carrie A. Pearson To research this post, I Googled “revision in writing” which generated about 50,600,000 results in 0.36 seconds. Really? 50,600,000 results on this topic in less than a second? Why is everyone interested in revision? I have an answer: because it is so darn hard. But why? Is it because we believe ...