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The Story Peddler – Lindsay A. Franklin – Book Review

Today I have the honour of being part of a blog tour for a stunning new novel about to be released to the world! The Story Peddler is Lindsay Franklin's debut speculative fiction novel and can I just have a moment to fangirl here? The title is so cool. The cover is so...

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That Time I Messed up My Train Ticket Booking

This past week, I've been away at my cousin's farm on what I'm calling a 'writing retreat.' It was a wonderful time of hanging out, talking, and a little bit of editing thrown in there. 😉 This morning, after a productive editing session, I packed up my bag ready to...

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The Joyful Tag for Writers

I'm dropping in today from in the middle of a mini 'writing retreat week' to do a little tag that Hannah Gaudette created a few days ago. The joyful tag for writers! That sounds like a perfect tag for me. I'm going to be taking my WIP-related answers from A Sprig of...

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Cover Reveal — The Stealthmaster’s Shadow

Here's a fun fact for you: before I started this website, I had a different blog for four years. In all those four years I never did a cover reveal. And now. Here I am. With...yet another book that is soon to be released into the wild of published-dom. 😯   I've had...

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What IS an Adventure?

Some people are quite like hobbits. Happy at home, in the comfort of their sitting room and pantry. Aaand then the ones who are also like hobbits. Specifically, the hobbits with a Tookish side. The people with the Tookish side are always ready to leap over the garden...

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Top Theme Recommendations—A Resource List

My series on theme is almost over, but not until I leave you with one last post. This isn't at all like my normal posts, more of a resource list, I guess you could call it. Basically, I've compiled a list of my personal theme go-tos and haunts.   Just a quick recap of...

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Currently In Life…

March is gone and April has come in it's place. We're a quarter of the way through the year, yet it feels like it only just began. Today I've got a sort of random, rambly blog post, which is pretty much just a little update on my life at the moment. Basically this is...

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It Is Finished

Easter is here. That weekend of chocolate and rabbits and eggs and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (And also, as it happens, the weekend where I forget to publish my post, not just write it.) Something that comes to my mind almost every Easter is the...

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Book Review: The Girl Who Could See

Sometimes I get time to read books...only to pick up my book and realise that I have totally forgotten everything about what was happening because the last chance I'd had to read was two weeks beforehand. Cue sad Jane. Also cue Jane having to go back and scan over...

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A Guide to Torturing Your Characters

Out of all the characters you've ever written, how many of them have a happy story the whole way through? What about your favourite books? Do the characters in them have happy, fun-times all their lives? I can certainly say a big "no" to that question. I'm not very...

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Writing Update – Death to Fantasy Cliches

Yes hello I'm back because it's high time for another writing update! In my last writing update I told you about how I was going through A Sprig of Green with some edits and revisions. I also told you about how in March I was going to finish off my edits and plan for...

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Putting Yourself into Your Character’s Shoes

Inventing new characters is a favourite pastime of mine. A young emperor's son, a wise war general, a runaway, a secret agent. There's just something incredible about crafting these brand new humans and giving them a story and a home and a voice. But then I sit down...

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Why All Writers Should be Martial Artists

When you chose the writer's life, you probably had peaceful images of sitting in the sun with a cup of tea and a laptop, writing about tales of knights and princesses. Nothing about karate tournaments, parkour, and punching bags. However, if you're writing any sort of...

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Aesthetic Collages – The Making Of

It's a worldwide recognised fact that Jane Maree loves making collages. Or, at least, it should be a worldwide recognised fact. 😉 I love making collages for my stories and characters (or other people's characters for that matter). Recently I was doing some plotting...

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Character Arcs – Tying Characters and Theme Together

Unique and realistic characters are something we all strive to write. No one wants to hear that the readers can't connect or care for the characters we worked so hard on and spent so much time with. So we try to make them unique. We give them quirks and personality...

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Book Review: Knife – R. J. Anderson

Sometimes I write a blog post at least a day early, have it all ready for the day of posting...and then completely forget to post it. And then the next day I have to sneak in with a blog post that is shockingly LATE and OUT OF SCHEDULE and just hope that you'll all...

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Author Platform – What is it, and can I do it?

When I started looking into the great, scary world of publishing, there was one piece of advice that kept popping up all around the place. "Build an author platform." When I read that, my thoughts went something along the lines of "Well great, thanks for that amazing...

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COVER REVEAL – Phoenix Fire, S.D. Grimm

"Don't judge a book by it's cover." People say this all the time, but honestly? We all do it anyway. If a book has a boring cover, the book immediately seems a little 'eh.' But if the cover is gorgeous and beautiful? It's 10000% more likely that I'll pick up that...

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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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