Why Teens are a Critical Audience for Writers

A large part of the reason I write for teens is because I am one myself, albeit not for much longer.  (I’m nineteen.)  The ideal audience for my writing has grown up along with me […]

The Secret First Draft You Can Work With

(My apologies for the lack of an image; I’m having internet issues, and trying to add one was crashing WordPress tonight.) “Just get the first draft down, even though it’s probably bad, and you can […]

Will I Still Have Time to Write in College?

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If you’re getting close to starting a college career, you might be wondering: how much writing will you have time to do? On one hand, you probably will have time for other things besides homework […]

5 (Non-Serious) Parts of Life That Need More Representation

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As the title indicates, this is more of a fun post – I’m not talking about demographic diversity in fiction this week.  Rather, I’m here to point out several little elements of real life that […]

8 Quirks to Make Your Characters More Unique

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Want to make your characters more memorable, but aren’t sure how? Here’s a list of eccentricities and quirks you can give them to make them a little more unique.  (Credit for thinking of some of […]

6 Ways To Take Advantage of Summer as a Writer

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Well, it’s May 1st, so most of us are wrapping up school and have our eyes on summer.  Maybe you have lots of plans (Yay for vaccines!) or a job, or perhaps you just plan […]

When to Set the Cool Ideas Aside

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This is the biggest project you’ve attempted yet.  It’s going to be your masterpiece, and you can unleash the full force of your creativity and writing knowledge gained since your last project.  It’s a fantasy […]

13 Unusual Questions for Character Development

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When you’re creating characters, you have the obvious questions.  What’s their name?  How old are they?  What do they look like?  What are their interests, and what’s their worldview?  Strengths, weaknesses, and deepest fear?  These […]

The 7 Essential Qualities of a Writer

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Someone asked me once what qualities were necessary to “do” English (i.e. in the writing sense).  After thinking a bit, I came up with this list of seven traits.  It’s not meant to be the […]

Reinventing the Love Triangle

I will admit, I’ve never been a big fan of romance stories.  I’m more of an action/adventure/mystery type girl.  Considering that I’m eighteen and dating now though, I’ve started to appreciate a good romantic subplot […]