Category Archives: gettin crafty

WE Are the Lucky Ones By Dana Kramaroff

I am a singing tv competition junkie but I only stick around for the auditions – the “I WANT YOU” turn around chairs, the golden buzzers, those “you are moving onto the next round” proud moments. It is their body’s … Continue reading

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Writer Beware: The Horizons of Writing Craft, by Kristen C. Strocchia

Since language and culture are living, breathing and actively changing, the literature they produce—and therefore our craft as writers—change with them.  What’s trending now, is not what trended a hundred years ago or what will be trending a hundred years … Continue reading

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#SCBWIsocial! Crafting Your Writing Life: Seven Lessons to Become a Better Writer, by Lori Ann Palma

It’s the Third Thursday of July already, which means it’s time for #SCBWIsocial! Be sure to hop on over to see what our MD/DE/WV SCBWI sisters have to say at As The Eraser Burns, and consider writing up a blog post … Continue reading

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Craft-To-Go: Quick and Easy Questions to Ask While You Read or Watch, by Lindsay Bandy

We have so much time and so little to do! Strike that. Reverse it! Sometimes I feel like Willy Wonka, in an overwhelming (and sometimes perilous) factory of stuff to learn and see and do and read.   When it … Continue reading

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Critiquing Voice, By Virginia Law Manning

Editors and agents often say the number one thing they are looking for when reading manuscripts is a distinct and fresh voice. But, what is voice? In her book VOICE LESSONS, Nancy Dean describes voice as the “fingerprint of a … Continue reading

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Getting Crafty: Understanding the Anatomy of a Scene, by Lori Ann Palma

Like most writing novices, I set out to write my first manuscript while having no knowledge of how to structure a novel. My first attempts focused on characters who walked and talked, but generally accomplished nothing. Like robots without programming, … Continue reading

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