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The First Cheerleader

I started writing quite a few years ago now. Normally if someone asks me, I'll tell them that my 'origin story' came from the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum which kicked me off into the world of writing. I don't remember writing much or planning to be an author...

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Why Everyone Should Read the Classics

Why are the classics called the classics? What sets them apart from the books written today? 'The classics' can easily set the modern reader groaning at the very thought. Long, boring books, full of huge long paragraphs and complicated words and weird, confusing...

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Time for Edits – Writing Update

It's been quite a while since I actually did a post about what I'm writing at the moment—actually, I don't think I've done one this year yet—so it's high time this post came along. This is going to be a bit of a rambly post to catch you up to what I've been doing with...

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On my Bookshelf: Fantasy

Who doesn't like curling up in a pile of cushions with a mug of your drink of choice (chai for me 😉 ) and delving into a new fantasy realm full of magic and surprises?   Fantasy has always had a special place in my heart. From fairy stories when I was a little girl,...

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Q+A Vlog (Part Two!)

Here I'm am again with the promised second half of the Q+A vlog! It took me a little longer than I originally intended before I got this up, but it's here now anyway. This is the writerly vlog, where I answer the various questions about writing. Some humorous, others...

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Theme in Action – Experiments in Living

So far in our theme series, we've covered What Theme Actually Is, how to Narrow Down Your Theme into a focusing question, but how do any of these actually work in the story itself? It's all well and good to have a handy little focusing question and a bunch of answers,...

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The Power of a Name

I'm stepping out of my normal blog post space today (and a little out of my comfort zone 😉 ), and this is more of a post about some thoughts I've been thinking lately. Specifically, thoughts about names.   Names are powerful things. It's not uncommon to have a book...

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From a First Draft Into Edits

Your novel is done. You've typed those two majestic words onto the bottom of your manuscript: the end. But then...what next? Your precious baby of a novel is a massive jumble of...well...rubbish. The time has come for edits. If you're anything like me, editing is a...

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Q+A Vlog (Part One)

My first vlog of 2018 is up and ready for you to watch. I got a ton of questions, and I wasn't possibly going to be able to answer them in a decent amount of time, so I had to split this vlog in two. In today's, I'll be answering my favourites of the 'random'...

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Focusing Your Theme

Blog post #2 of my theme series has come. It's been a while since the first post (sorry) so if you forgot everything about that post or didn't read it then, hop over here to read it again (or just scan over the important parts). Today I'm moving on from the basic...

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Ask Me: Questions Wanted for a Q+A Vlog!

About twelve months ago I released my first ever youtube vlog—featuring an awkward, uncertain me who really didn't know what she was doing. So much has happened since then, and I've even done a couple other vlogs and videos and it's been a lot of fun. But recently I...

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Five Brand New Books I Want to Write in 2018

Happy new year, everyone! 😀 *hands out pizza and confetti all around*   Since it's the beginning of the year, I've been thinking about my plans for writing. What am I writing, when am I writing, how am I writing, and more. Realistically, I plan to write three first...

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My 2017: I Wrote 300k and Discovered My Extrovert

2017 has been a year of busyness and adventures and struggles and joys and learning. It seems like aaages since the beginning of the year, and yet at the same time...it wasn't that long ago at all. What is time anymore. I'm confused. 😛 And as we all should know by...

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What is Theme?

Theme is one of those 'writerly' words that people sometimes talk about, and say is important, but don't actually have that much to share about it. It's one of the most underrated parts of storytelling. This is the first post in a series about theme. I'll probably do...

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Elements of a Good Critique

I've been critique reading for a fair while now, but when I first started off, I was absolutely clueless of what I was meant to do. Basically all I said was "I like this part" and "I like that character" and I didn't say anything about things I didn't like. Keep it...

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How to Make Time for Reading 101

We all should know by now that reading is an essential part of being a good writer, but finding the time to actually read can be a challenging process. All you crying book dragons out there---this post is just for you. Spare a moment from your busy lives and read this...

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The Dying Art of Strong Female Characters

Strong female characters are one of the hardest sorts of characters to write realistically. Harder than writing a realistic POV character from the opposite gender. Harder even than not killing off your mentor character. 😛 Now, before we go any further, I should...

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NaNoWriMo: Stats and Superheroes

Even though November feels like it started just a few days ago, it's already so close to being over. Since I was participating in NaNoWriMo I planned my month to be packed full of writing like a crazy superhero, but there was also another whole layer of other life...

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Three Ways to Avoid a Writing Burnout

Do you ever have those times where you're pounding out words for hour after hour and then---kaboom. All that is left of your brain is a couple of smoky remnants. That is what I call a burnout. It's like all your creativity has turned to ashes and your imagination is...

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How Well Do You Know Me? {Tag}

A few weeks ago, my good friend Sarah tagged me for the Blue Sky Tag, so I thought I'd slip this little post in here today for your enjoyment. Consider it a little 'get to know me better' sort of thing. These questions are totally random (and some of them had me...

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Writing from a Guy’s POV When You’re a Girl

Writing from the POV (point of view) of someone of the opposite gender can be challenging to do realistically, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. If you're a girl, writing from a girl's perspective will naturally come easier simply because girls know how girls...

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Nadine Brandes Cover Reveal!!

If someone asks me who my favourite authors are, there's always a fairly similar reply. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis must be on the list, of course, otherwise I'd be too shamed to be called a book dragon. In the past few years though, several more names have gotten onto the...

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Know Your World – Guest Post by C. L. Farrelly

Good morn all. Today I have the lovely C. L. Farrelly here to chat about worldbuilding! I'm not really a person for extensive or very skilled worldbuilding so I can't wait to apply what she has to say. So I'll step back and let you enjoy! 🙂 ~ ♦ ~ Jane asked me to do...

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What I’m Writing for NaNoWriMo 2017

November has come once again, folks. The writerly blogs are falling into the pattern of posts about NaNoWriMo the same as last year...and the year before...and the year before... 😛 I resisted thus far, but now that November and NaNo have begun, I decided it was high...

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There are Never Too Many Bookshelves

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you might remember that in October's newsletter I had a few photos of a building project. I may have also mentioned it in passing in a blog post at some stage. (Pizza for anyone who actually does remember! 😛 ) For those who don't...

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Dos and Don’ts For Young Characters

One of the things in some books that really peeves me is young characters written unrealistically. It seems that 90% of the time that small kiddos appear in YA fiction, they're either completely flat characters just there to look cute, or they're completely...

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When Inspiration Flees…

Writing is hard. I think everyone who does it can agree: it's tough. We cocoon ourselves up into little balls of insanity and sit and write words. Every day. Sometimes all day. Every now and then I just get those days where I don't feel inspired to try. I know I could...

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Rising Author Vlog-Tag!

I have a list of tags that I've been given. A list about 7-tags long. I don't want to bore you all with 'oh, and yet another tag post' so I decided to find a new and different way to answer these questions. Today, I'm eliminating one of the seven tags and am going to...

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Behind the Scenes of Burning Rose: Rose of the Oath

You all should remember a few weeks ago, I took part in the Burning Rose cover reveal. This week, Burning Rose released to the world! I'm so excited for this book, and I can't possibly recommend it enough. I received an ARC of this, and it was absolutely worth every...

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On My Bookshelf: Contemporary

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. From a smol toddler, to the current me, I've devoured many, many books. I have a bookshelf with five decent sized shelves and each one absolutely packed and double layered to the bargain. So I thought it would be fun to...

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What Makes Tolkien’s Stories Timeless?

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort...   Today—on the...

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Seven Tips for Writing Unique Characters

“Your characters are cliché.” Isn’t that one of the worst things that a writer can hear? The precious babies that you’ve spent so much time on sound like just another Harry Potter. Just another Disney princess. But with the amount of books in the world today, how can...

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Burning Rose Cover Reveal – Hope Ann

My author friend Hope Ann is gearing up to release Burning Rose, a paperback collection of the first three Legends of Light novellas! And now we all get to feast our eyes on the gorgeous cover!! A war, founded in ancient legends, changes the lives of those it touches...

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Giveaway Winner and a Q+A Writer’s Tag

It's been one whole week since my website launched! *cue confetti explosions* You guys are all so amazing and flooded me with comments and emails and I'm still so overwhelmed with your encouragement. 🙂 But now that it's been a week, the time has come. I have drawn...

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Website Launch, Newsletter, and GIVEAWAY!

Today is the official launch of my author website (as you can hopefully tell). Needless to say, much flailing and shrieking and excitement has been happening. Along with much work and photos and brainstorming. (Shout out to my epic sisters Clare—who took my photo—and...

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