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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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Real Fiction, by Eva Polites

Is there any true fiction? I would venture to say that the answer is no. As a writer, I draw upon my own experiences, observations, and research. Most of my characters have traits that I have observed in others or … 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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Developing Your Protagonist for YA Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

In the YA section of your bookstore or online haven, you’ll find fiction featuring a wide expanse of characters. Sun summoner—check. British secret agent—check. Cyborg. Check. While the majority of today’s YA books feature a teenage protagonist, age is about … Continue reading

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On Illustration Notes, By Liz Garton Scanlon

Here’s the thing about illustration notes: They are not illegal. They will not get you blackballed in the industry. They will not ensure that your story won’t sell. So what’s the problem? Why the general no-no vibe around authors peppering … Continue reading

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

Most writers will tell you that good fiction is all about the show, not about the tell. Dialogue is one of the most important “showing” tools in a writer’s toolbox, but when it comes to writing exciting and believable dialogue … Continue reading

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Tips to Fuel Your Writing (And Your Stamina)! by Mark Magro

I realized a long time ago that I’m a pretty serious pessimist. While most see this trait as a negative one, I like to think it stems from an innate desire to be prepared. When the ground falls out underneath … Continue reading

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A Cafe Chat With Author and Playwright Sandy Asher, by Lindsay Bandy

Good morning! Today, we have the pleasure of chatting with award-winning author Sandy Asher here at the Eastern Penn Points Cafe. She’s the author of TOO MANY FROGS!, WHAT A PARTY!, HERE COMES GOSLING!, STELLA’S DANCING DAYS (my daughter’s favorite!), … Continue reading

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