Category Archives: Writing Tips

Fermentation Time, by Anthony D. Fredericks

Navigating     Nonfiction A monthly column by Anthony D. Fredericks Let’s assume you’re making preparations for a weekend party. Lots of your friends are coming over and you want to be sure you have some great food and their favorite beverages. So, you drive … Continue reading

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The Right Verb, by Anthony D. Fredericks

Navigating Nonfiction A monthly column by Anthony D. Fredericks   Question: What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?  Answer: A synonym roll.   Let’s take a look at the following passage: Cheetahs can run very fast. They can run much faster than … Continue reading

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The Lasagna Writer’s Journey, by Kristen C. Strocchia

     Ever made a lasagna? Satisfyingly warm layers of noodles, sauce and assorted cheeses. But no matter how deep the dish, every layer is the same as the one before.        As I’ve reflected on my writing journey … Continue reading

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How I Found the Courage to Write a Novel (And It Does Take Courage!), by Janet McLaughlin

Today, we’re so happy to host author Janet McLaughlin! Janet is the author of the Soul Sight Mysteries series, including Haunted Echo and Fireworks, and a longtime SCBWI member. She’s here today to lend you some inspiration and courage as … Continue reading

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Avoiding Cliché Characters In YA Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

When writers develop characters, we most often begin with an idea—a sort of shapeless blob that becomes more distinct as we write a first draft or do a pre-writing character study. Over time, they grow physical characteristics and a personality, … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Pantser Turned Plantser: Nothing is Wasted, by Lindsay Bandy

This post by Lindsay originally appeared on the blog in September 2015. Sitting in my college creative writing class, I absorbed the words of my pony-tailed professor: “Nobody knows exactly where they’re going when they sit down to write a … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Writing Realistic Dialogue in Young Adult Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

In the coming weeks, Lindsay and Lori Ann will be sharing their favorite posts from the past. This post originally appeared in March 2015. Most writers will tell you that good fiction is all about the show, not about the … Continue reading

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