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Put Some Feeling into It: Making Your Setting Work Overtime
Lately, I’ve begun to notice that the word “atmospheric” is used a lot in book reviews and bookish conversations. This is, no contest, the buzzword most likely to compel me to pick up a book or download a movie. I reflected on why that might be, since on the surface, it strikes me as a vague descriptor that could ...
Writing Prompts: A User's Guide
Do you ever find yourself staring at your computer screen, and the only words you can summon into your mind are the lyrics to the opening song from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie, and you think to yourself, how am I going to write anything with this brain? No? Just me? Okay, well, if you ever do ...
8 YA Book Recs Based on Your Favorite Teen Movies
There’s nothing better than a good teen movie... except maybe a great YA book. So here are a few movie-based recommendations for your next teen read.Your turn, Swooners! What are some of your top teen movie --> YA book recs? Share in the comments so we can fill up both our Netflix queues AND our TBRs!
Setting the Scene: 3 Tips for Researching a Location
“Write what you know” isn’t always the best advice, but “write what you know of” usually is. When it comes to setting, a little research can help a lot. (You don’t need to be a native of Nashville, Tennessee to set a story there, for instance, but you do need to know a little bit more about it ...
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Bookish Spring Cleaning: Tackling the TBR
You may or may not know that it is officially springtime. Since here in New York we’ve gotten nothing but brief interludes of sunlight amid a merciless onslaught of inappropriate precipitation, I have forgiven myself for not cleaning out my apartment as I’m told folks are wont to do in this season. Instead, I cleaned out my TBR ...