Why Write YA?

Why do I write YA? I decided at age ten I wanted to be an author. Four years later, as I was beginning high school, I decided I wanted to be a young adult author. That’s… oddly specific. Especially for a fourteen-year-old who really had only delved into the younger...

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Sharing Your Writing

I have a confession to make. For a long time (like, years), I was bad at sharing my work. Really, really bad. How bad? By the time I was sixteen, I had three (admittedly subpar) novels under my belt, and my darling mother, the all-star cheerleader who has always...

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Writing Habits

“I can only write when I’m drinking coffee.” (This is not true for me. But you’ve heard it before, right?) “I need to write everything by hand. No technology allowed.” (Also not the case. I can type at ninety words per minute, but when I’m handwriting, it drops to...

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The Best Writing Resources

This week, I wanted to share a peek into my writer’s toolbox! I’ve found these resources to be incredibly useful, whether I’m trying to fight my way out of a writing slump or attempting to organize my thoughts. I hope to do a more detailed rundown on how I use each of...

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First Sentences

Ooh boy. First lines. There’s nothing like facing the blank page, feeling hope and nerves and excitement and fear rush through you. You crack your knuckles, set your fingers on the keyboard, and… What comes first? Usually, when I’m writing first drafts, I just start...

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Word Count

In high school, I had a teacher who always gave the same answer when we asked how long to make our essays. As long as a piece of string. That is to say, make it as long as it needs to be. Which is pretty much the most frustrating answer ever. When it comes to creative...

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