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Friday Writing Inspiration from Neil Gaiman

I’m finally back to doing my regular Friday afternoon writing inspiration. And boy, do I need inspiration, because between The Romantics coming out and getting married, I am way behind on all my deadlines. Anyway, this one comes from fellow children’s book author and storyteller extraordinaire, Neil Gaiman: “Stories may well be lies, but they are good… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration from Neil Gaiman

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Friday Writing Inspiration: Stephen King

It’s Friday, and I’m hard at work on kicking off new ideas and getting ready to promote the hell out of old ones 😀 It’s a good problem to have: Over the next 2-3 years, I’ll have 4 books coming out. It’s an absolute dream, and I am so thankful every day to get to… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Stephen King

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Friday Writing Inspiration: Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat

Save the Cat has quite a reputation in the writing community, both for screenwriters and novelists, and now that I’ve finally read it, it’s not hard to see why. It lays out structure in such a clear, easy-to-understand way, and even if you’ve written lots of stuff before, it makes all the rules you know… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat

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Friday Writing Inspiration: Joyce Carol Oates

On this fine Friday, I’m honing in on an idea for my next novel. I’m talking, beat-sheet, spur-of-the-moment trips to Barnes & Noble to finally read Save the Cat, kind of honing. I’ve posted about this before, and I know there are two pretty divisive schools of thought on whether outlining does or does not… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Joyce Carol Oates

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Friday Writing Inspiration: The Ideas Keep Coming

Normally, I’d take this lovely writing Friday to share an inspiring quote or writing tip, but today, after reading a conversation among writers about doubt, and asking myself how exactly I do overcome the doubt during the inevitable writer low-points, I realized something: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but really in… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: The Ideas Keep Coming

Quotes · Reading

Friday Writing Inspiration: Famous Writers on the Importance of Reading

There is nothing in the world I enjoy so much as reading. Even the highest moments of writing pale in comparison to being lost in a truly good book. But reading isn’t just a way to pass the time. As a writer, it’s absolutely essential. Read extensively, read diversely, and it’s like a free MFA… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Famous Writers on the Importance of Reading

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Friday Writing Inspiration: George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing

Better late than never, right? Happy Friday! I’ve been a tad remiss in doing my Friday inspiration posts, but this evening, I’m back with a bang. Thanks to my boyfriend for sending over these awesome rules for writing, from George Orwell’s Wikipedia page. Most of them are common sense, but always worth keeping in mind.… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing

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Friday Writing Inspiration: Margaret Atwood and Questions and Answers in Fiction

Happy Friday. After a bit of a hiatus (including sunning on Miami Beach and a lot of writing), I’m back to the blog. This Friday, I’m finding particular inspiration in the amazing Margaret Atwood. I’ll admit, I’m rather late to the Atwood game. Though I’ve heard myriad good things about her over the years, I… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Margaret Atwood and Questions and Answers in Fiction