Category Archives: Writer’s Resources

In a Melancholic State of Mind

You know those introductory acting classes where there’s a drama teacher telling a bunch of her students to scream, or cry, or tap into their emotions?  And they all do and look like a bunch of wild animals?  Anyway, I’ve … Continue reading

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Sara Zarr at SCBWI-VALIDATION!

So,  most everyone has heard about Sara Zarr’s speech at SCBWI.  In case you haven’t…yeah, it was pretty great. I won’t give you a play by play because, well, that’s always kind of boring and besides, I didn’t take notes … Continue reading

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Oh, The Places We Go…To Write

When I came across the part in Stephen King’s On Writing where he discusses how each writer should have his/her own writing space, I thought, huh—yeah, that’s what I need.  A nice space conducive to writing. So I set up a little office … Continue reading

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Social Networking. Anti-Social Writers. Hmmmm…

So, there seems to be some debate as to whether social networking really helps writers.  And I have to be honest; I avoided all of it for a while because I really didn’t know if I could make the commitment. … Continue reading

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MTV Makes A Comeback

So basically, I refused to watch MTV for a while there because 1.  Um, they got rid of the music videos, and 2.  it got traaaaaaaaaaaaaashy. I grew up with MTV, so I was disappointed when it lost its cool … Continue reading

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Plot…or, Ditch Digging

Character development, cool.  Dialogue, okay.  Multi-dimensional secondary characters, alright.  Plots and subplots…eh. When writing, my brain starts with characters, not situations.  So it’s no wonder that I found myself getting stuck in the muck of the first draft of my … Continue reading

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R.L. Stine at Thrillerfest

R.L. Stine gives YA writers some advice. Follow me on Twitter @jetchez

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