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April 2, 2018
Writing Prompt: Tagline, You're It!
Taglines are fun. For those of you who aren’t sure what a tagline is, it’s that short phrase...
January 31, 2018
7 YA Books With Animal Friends That I Want to Adopt
Sometimes pets make the best character sidekicks. Our picks here.
January 12, 2018
7 YA Princesses That Aren't Damsels in Distress
Princesses get a bad rap. Too often the word “princess” conjures up the mental image of a simpering, vapid and...
December 18, 2017
6 YA Series I Can’t Wait to Finish in 2018
I’m old at heart. (And in one arthritic hip, but mostly just at heart). A lot of people say...
November 17, 2017
2017 YA Novels You Should Read, Based on Your Hogwarts House
Let the sorting hat pick your perfect read.
October 9, 2017
Fancasting: Bringing Favorite Book Characters to Life (Part II)
As I have mentioned previously on this blog, I’m not just an avid reader, but a colossal movie/TV...
June 23, 2017
Writing Prompt: How Many Words Are These Pictures Worth? (Part V)
In my humble opinion, it has been far too many months since we did a photo-centric writing prompt. (If you...
April 5, 2017
Writing Prompt: Time for Some Fanfiction!
Feeling stuck on your WIP? Revisions got you feeling drained? Sometimes the best thing to do is to just step...
March 24, 2017
A Quiz in Honor of QUEENS OF GEEK: What Is Your One True Fandom?
Fandoms are families, as Taylor and Charlie know very well in Jen Wilde's debut YA novel Queens of Geek...
March 22, 2017
Writing Prompt: Instrumental Tunes
I have to listen to music while I work. Even when I'm reading, I'll often turn on instrumental...
March 16, 2017
Writing Prompt: How Many Words Are These Pictures Worth? (Part IV)
As I have mentioned before (here, here, and here), I always love hearing what sorts of delicious stories writers can...
February 3, 2017
The 5 Stages of Posting Your Writing to the Internet
The Season 10 deadline just passed, and I can hear all you submitters biting your nails all the way from...
January 13, 2017
A Quiz in Honor of YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME: What Is Your Spy Code Name?
I don't know about you all, but if I were an elite spy, I would be all about the...
January 6, 2017
Bookish New Year's Resolutions
You know, there’s a lot of pressure around New Year’s resolutions, which might be why so many of...
January 2, 2017
Writing Prompt: What's Your Main Character's Resolution?
HAPPY NEW YEAR, SWOONERS!!! Now that we're all (hopefully) well-rested and well-fed from the holidays, it's time to...
December 23, 2016
If YA Characters Read YA
I’m a huge fan of mash-ups! I’m not at all ashamed to say that I have a weakness...
September 14, 2016
Writing Prompt: How Many Words Are These Pictures Worth? (Part III)
At this point, I really look forward to doing posts like this because y'all just keep posting awesome story...
July 27, 2016
Writing Prompt: M.A.S.H. It Up! (Part II)
Almost two years ago, Swoon staffer Miriam M. made a FANTASTIC homage to the good ol' days of (pre-Twitter) pre-adolescence...
July 20, 2016
Writing Prompt: The Song That's Stuck in Your Head
We've all been there, right? Whether because you heard it in the grocery store or in the background of...
July 13, 2016
Writing Prompt: How Many Words Are These Pictures Worth? (Part II)
You know the saying: A picture's worth a thousand words. Well, Swooners, the last time we put that old...
May 30, 2016
Editing Prompt: The Clock Is Ticking
Hey there Swooners! We are once more counting down the minutes to our next submission deadline. Many of you have...