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Recent Highlights from WriteOnCon

Recent Highlights from WriteOnCon

Recent Highlights from WriteOnConThings have been scarce on the blog recently, and that’s down to three things:

  • Deadlines for The Eleventh Trade revision
  • The Invisible Boy draft 2 writing
  • WriteOnCon‘s fundraiser!!!!!

It’s the last thing I want to talk about today. If you don’t remember, WriteOnCon is an online kidlit conference covering everything from picture books to young adult, featuring tons of industry specialists from all around the spectrum.

(I am personally incredibly ecstatic about GAIL CARSON LEVINE who is COMING TO THE CONFERENCE and I CAN’T EVEN DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!)

Since I’ve been doing a lot over on WriteOnCon, I don’t want you guys to…Continue Reading

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Stop Glorifying the First Draft and Finish It

Stop Glorifying the First Draft and Finish It

As a mentee for writers, a critique partner, and person who generally has a lot of friends in very different stages of the author business, I end up talking to a lot of people about their first drafts. Especially their first-manuscript first drafts.

The attitude of many first-manuscript writers can be summed up nicely in this graphic, which I’ve grabbed off Pinterest:

Tangled Meme
(So much is wrong about this graphic, but I only got time for the starry-eyed attitude today.)

There’s something very sweet and appealing about this. It reminds me of the sentimental early days of writing,…Continue Reading

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10 Travel-Themed Exercises for Character Chemistry

10 Travel-Themed Exercises for Character Chemistry

As you may have gathered, I travel. A lot. So I figured — why not take a look at my travel experiences and see what brought out the biggest differences among my companions? That way I can steal from our adventures and use it for character chemistry in my writing. (If you travel with me, there’s an 85% chance this will happen. That’s the risk you take being friends with a writer-person.)

Even when you’re traveling with great people, there are subtle conflicts and compromises along the way. If you’re less lucky, those little adjustments can become stewing rage or explosive…Continue Reading

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5 Free Scrivener Writing Backgrounds

5 Free Scrivener Writing Backgrounds

FREE SCRIVENER WRITING BACKGROUNDS(This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and end up buying something, I’ll receive 20% of sales. Why? Because Scrivener is amazing. I’ve used it for five years and love it. And I thought, you know, since I talk about it literally all the time, maybe I should have it help pay for this blog.)

Many moons ago, I posted a picture of my writing progress in Illuminate using one of Scrivener‘s special features: Composition background. First, I’ll let you know how what…Continue Reading

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10 Writing Resources: Revision

10 Writing Resources: Revision

10 Writing Resources: RevisionThere are a lot of guides around the web for drafting, brainstorming, and actual writing, but I feel like there’s less about an equally important aspect of a writer’s life: Revision. Revision is actually my favorite part of the whole writing process, so it’s a phase I hold near and dear to my heart. But I know for a lot of people, it’s the very devil incarnate.

That’s why I’ve compiled some of my favorite guides for revision here. Peruse, take what you need, and get going on those edits!

1. Getting Organized to Write…Continue Reading

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100 Artists to Commission

100 Artists to CommissionI’m a big fan of commissioning artists to make concept art for my WIPs, especially whenever I hit a milestone. It’s a great way to reward yourself with some pretty pictures, while also paying it forward into the wider artist community.

Below I’ve compiled a list of 100 artists, mostly grabbed from DeviantArt, who are pretty darn awesome. You can click the pictures to be taken to their commission information pages. I snatched talented people from a range of experience and prices, so you’ll find everything from crazy ridiculous deals to professional illustrations. Enjoy!

And always check the artists’ pages to make sure their commissions are still open before you contact them!

(note: there are obviously a lot of images in here so it might take a sec to load)

Do you have a favorite artist you love to commission? Leave a comment and tell me about ’em! I want to know!

 

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How to Design an Author Business Card

How to Design an Author Business Card

Design is my second love (after writing). I worked as a designer for Creative Services for about a year at Berry College (before moving across the hallway to Public Relations), and I’ve kept up on my graphic design enthusiasm since. So when I needed to design a business card, I dove in head-first!

However, I know that my nerd-love for design isn’t something every writer shares. When it comes time for conferences, gatherings, or other writing-related events, it’s always a good idea to have a business card on you. This entry will help give you direction as you start to poke around for ideas.

First, we’ll examine a few design concepts and examples from my realm of contacts. Then…Continue Reading

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