Category Archives: Craft of Writing

Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: Use Details in Settings Purposefully

“Your choice of setting and the way you manipulate it can have a powerful impact on the way the scene reads.” –Theresa Stevens Theresa Stevens has been a literary attorney agent and the chief executive editor for a small romance … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: Motivate Your Characters’ Decisions

Today’s (one day late) advice comes from agent Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. Peter will be part of the faculty at the Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Novel Workshop and Retreat, September 23-25, 2016 in Santa Cruz, CA. (Note: there will … Continue reading

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Teen Tuesday: What Teens Hate to See in YA Books

Recently, The Writer’s Dig (a blog hosted by Writer’s Digest) published a guest post by teenage writer Jamie S. Margolin. Margolin has written articles for Teen Ink. One of her articles earned her an Editors Choice award and was voted #1 by readers. … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: Know Mako Mori and Bechdel?

Do you know Mako Mori and Bechdel? No, they’re not hot new publishing houses, or editors, or authors. They are standards/tests meant to rate the gender inclusiveness of a book or film–and some agents are starting to mention them in wish … Continue reading

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The Best Writing Advice

John Scalzi is a Film Critic/Columnist, Writer/Editor, Freelance writer, Novelist (his own words). He’s a New York Times best seller in fiction and has won the Hugo, the Locus, the Seiun and Kurd Lasswitz awards. His works have been translated … Continue reading

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