Tag Archives: Novelists

Behave Yourself with Backstory! by Lindsay Bandy

You know that person who tells the story about a five-second incident in the grocery store in a painful, 7.5-minute re-enaction? This happened, then that happened, then she said, and I was like, blah-blah-blah. We want the story to be over. … Continue reading

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Three Techniques to Apply Setting in Your Fictional World, by Lori Ann Palma

Have you ever read a great book that could’ve taken place anywhere? When you think back to the characters, were they roaming around Anytown, USA? The answer to those two questions is most likely no. The reason: Great stories happen … Continue reading

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Going into the Basement: Confronting Fear and Writing, by Lori Ann Palma

Picture a scene from a horror movie—it usually goes something like this: The heroine sits on the couch to watch television after putting the kids to bed. She’s alone, it’s dark out, and it’s pouring buckets of rain outside. She … Continue reading

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The Other Writing: Five Techniques to Begin Journaling, by Lori Ann Palma

For as long as I can remember, I’ve kept a journal. Whether it was a book with a lock and key, a marble composition notebook, or an old sketch pad, I’ve never been without a source of paper to act … Continue reading

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Social Media Strategies: Six Creative Ways to Promote Your Book After Launch, by Lori Ann Palma

You’ve finally published your book. After you’ve completed an obligatory happy dance, you can finally shout the release on your website, blog the link, tweet the news, launch your blog tour, and make every family member and friend you ever … Continue reading

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My Writing Toolbox, by Lindsay Bandy

Here are a few of the resources that I’ve found most helpful while writing my YA. Hope they prove equally helpful to you! Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland This book is great for a first-time novelist! It clearly explains … Continue reading

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Girls are to Diamonds as Novelists are to…..Enneagrams! by Lindsay Bandy

  That’s right, this little jewel just may be your new best friend! When it comes to strong characterization, what we really need to know as authors is core motivation. What does our hero really, truly want? What is her greatest fear, … Continue reading

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