Don’t Say You’d Like to Write

I love complaining about it. I love reading about it. I love hearing about others do it but most of all, I love doing it myself. If you can't tell, I'm talking about writing. It's more than just a hobby for me - it's a major part of my life and my identity. I practice... Continue Reading →

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Young and in Love with a Book

When I was younger, up to about age fifteen, I devoured books indiscriminately. It didn't matter what they were - as long as they were in reach, I'd pick them up for a quick nose and come to my senses about three hours later with the book finished, or when someone forcibly pried it off... Continue Reading →

Rules Are Just Tools

Sometimes, the rules are there to protect us. In the case of the law, it's to protect us from harm. In the case of the writing 'rules,' it's to protect us from terrible books. Some rules, like the use of correct grammar, are helpful throughout your whole life. Others, however, are actively harmful to your... Continue Reading →

Sell Your Soul To Save It

Did you ever see that episode of the Simpsons where Lisa wants to be an author but struggles, while Homer and Bart successfully write a commercial series with a team of friends? It was called The Book Job and although when it came out I was eleven and didn't really have a proper idea about... Continue Reading →

The Pitchapalooza Experience

Sometime during February, I found out about Pitchapalooza. If you're not familiar with this event it's loosely associated with NaNoWriMo and the idea is you send in your 250-word pitch to the Book Doctors, who are professional book advisers. Twenty are randomly selected and critiqued in a live video before the winner is announced. That winner is... Continue Reading →

The Worst Trait in an Aspiring Author

Honestly, we can be an annoying lot, we aspiring authors. Even published authors are irritating sometimes, if not in actual personality then with the erratic mood swings. One moment our WIP is the greatest thing ever to grace a page, the next, it's unburnable trash. Good luck getting a sensible conversation out of us if... Continue Reading →

Bookstagram is Elitist

To readers, this shouldn't be a surprise. A world where we rank people on their popularity based on what they have and how good it looks. Sounds more like the plot of the next big YA dystopian trilogy than an online community, but I'm barely exaggerating. Don't get me wrong - I love Bookstagram and... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Emma Dennin

Emma is the author of the Contemporary YA novel This Is Why,  featuring an interesting cast of very different teenagers, and is in the process of writing the sequel, This is How. She was eager to share more about how she creates complex characters and their backstories.  How did you start writing? Can you remember your first... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Olivia J. Bennett

Olivia J. Bennett enjoys creativity in all its forms and turned that passion towards writing the gripping YA adventure book A Cactus In The Valley. Her characters undergo stressful and emotional situations throughout the survival story and she wanted to share some of her advice for writing strong emotions effectively.  What's the first book that made... Continue Reading →

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