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One Way to Find Inspiration: Make A List!
When it came time to start writing my next novel after I’d finished Mind Games, I came up blank. Suddenly, I had zero ideas. I didn’t even know what I wanted to write about, let alone the fact that I had to figure out a premise, characters, conflict, kissing scenes, etc. In order to find a book idea, I first …
The Con Code
Announcing THE CON CODE by Shana Silver!
My first book, Mind Games, came out back in August and I’m so excited to be announcing my second book, The Con Code, which comes out next summer! While the two books are technically in different genres (sci-fi for Mind Games, contemporary for The Con Code), they share a lot of similarities in tone, badass female characters with special skills, …
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Behind the Book: Creating the Futuristic Technology of MIND GAMES
The problem with writing a book where the characters all invent cutting edge technologies is that… you have to be the one to invent those technologies so you could write about them. I wanted the technologies mentioned in the book to be cool things that readers might not have seen before, but also practical enough that someone reading would think, …
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Choose Your Words Carefully: An Author's Guide to Revising for Voice
My favorite part of the editing process is revising voice. I love to take a boring sentence and figure out how to inject it with “oomph” so it becomes a sentence only I could write. So how do I do that exactly? With a voice pass!What Does a Voice Pass Entail?When I do a voice pass, it’s usually after I’ve …
Making the Most of a Minute: 5 Life Hacks for Busy Writers
Although some people believe authors live glamorous lives, the truth is that we usually have full-time jobs and other obligations. I have a pretty demanding full-time job that requires me to get on conference calls with a variety of international timezones. And on top of that, I have a very adorable but very clingy seven-year-old that enjoys staying up way …