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In Defense of the Young Adult “Good Guy”

 There’s definitely something going ’round the Young Adult writing world these days–the notion that the “ideal” YA male character (particularly the “love interest”) is a “bad boy.”  You know, the super-hot boy with a smokin’ body and a bad attitude.  If you read a lot of YA, you’ve seen him […]

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The #1 Way to Get Inspired!

New Year’s Resolutions? Goals? I know, I’ve heard all the “goals aren’t good” and “resolutions set you up to fail” and wondered why I enjoy making them so much. In an earlier post wrote about goal setting in terms of making them into dreams (see Dreaming Wide Awake), which for me […]

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Gift Ideas for Writers

Chances are, if you’re here reading this blog, you’re a writer. If you’re a writer, it’s likely that you have writer friends, too…and maybe, if you’ve been doing this a while, they might even be some of your closest friends. And since it’s holiday time, you might be looking for […]

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Cross Train for Story Ideas

“…good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun…” –Stephen King Use cross thinking to get you to think differently and allow a story idea to come […]

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World Building in your Young Adult Novel–Not Just for Fantasy/Paranormal!

When we talk about “world building” in your young adult novel, people often think it only applies to fantasy/paranormal/urban fantasy genres.  But world building is just as important in your realistic fiction novels!  So let’s talk about little bit about world building. What exactly is world building?  It’s more than […]

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