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Art Commissions Through the Years

Art Commissions Through the Years

I’m a huge fan of commissioning artists whenever I hit a milestone in my writing. That’s why I made a whole list guide of some rad artists currently open for commissions over on The Great Noveling Adventure. It’s really fun to see your characters come to life in art!

Today I decided to take a trip down memory lane and pull out some of my favorite commissions from years gone by. The vast majority are by my incredibly talented sister, Laura Hollingsworth, in exchange for slavery services. She’s a freelance illustrator–go check her out!

There’s also one by the amazing Lora Innes, and one was done by Claparo-Sans (I’ve noted…Continue Reading

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How to Brainstorm with Word Art

How to Brainstorm with Word Art

I recently finished my first draft of Illuminate, which was very exciting! Don’t get me wrong—there is still a ton that needs to happen before it goes to agents in the spring. But there’s a thing that happens when you finish your draft: You have to start thinking about the next story.

The way I write is by focusing my creative energies on one story at a time (“time” can be exclusive, or “per day” if I am drafting and revising two different projects). This means I don’t usually have a pocketful of future-stories I’m eagerly waiting to work on.

As a result, whenever I finish a project, my confidence plummets. What if that was the best book I’ll ever write? What if…Continue Reading

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Pain Passes

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Pain Passes

While in Paris, Mom, Laura and I went to Musée d’Orsay to see the Impressionist paintings. It wasn’t until I saw the first Renoir that I remembered he and I share Rheumatoid Arthritis. When I saw that first painting (I can’t remember which it was), his words rang in my head as if I’d just read them:

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”

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3 Tips for Designing a Flag

3 Tips for Designing a Flag

Tips for Designing a FlagWhen you dive into worldbuilding, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirl of landscape and custom and fashion. But don’t forget to build details like your, country’s flag’s colors or design!

Designing a flag can help you discover something new about your country’s history and myths. Just have a look at some of our real-life flags and all the history, stereotypes, and attitudes associated with them. (The Union Jack and the imperialism ingrained in its very design. The American flag, the very image of which seems to conjure eagles and liberty (or rednecks). Canada’s red…Continue Reading

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Make Your Pinterest Board Look like a Portfolio

Make Your Pinterest Board Look like a Portfolio

I recently entered Marissa Meyer’s Pinterest competition and tied for first place! [Insert fangirling here]

If you look at my winning board, you might notice it’s organized and has dividers. The credit for the idea goes to my sister, Laura, who’s an art major and recommended I build a board like someone would build an art portfolio.

So in case you ever want to create a stellar, beautifully organized board, below are the steps I took to make this one!

1. Collect all the images on a secret board

I made a board that only I could see (called: CRESS – SECREEEEETTT) and went crazy. Any and everything that reminded me of the Lunar Chronicles got thrown on…Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Productively Procrastinate on Your Novel

5 Ways to Productively Procrastinate on Your Novel

Ways to Productively Procrastinate on Your NovelI’m deep into my revisions for my WIP, Blessings, and if there’s one thing everyone needs when it comes to revision, it’s this: Ways to (productively) procrastinate.

“What do I mean?” you ask, tossing your golden/raven/auburn/brown (sorry, brown haired people) locks. “Procrastination cannot be productive, one must simply push on! Also, have you been reading Mary Poppins today? Because I sound unaccountably British.”

Yes, yes, I read the whole book in under twenty-four hours. Anyway. When I talk about productive procrastination, I mean forms of procrastination that will keep your creative juices flowing whilst requiring…Continue Reading

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