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217 Posts: Inspiration
September 3, 2019
Ask an Editor: How to Come Up with Book TitlesHow do you represent an entire story in just a few eye-catching words? Here are six tips.
March 22, 2019
Swoon Author Aiden Thomas: 5 Takeaways from Maggie Stiefvater's Writing Seminar"Stiefvater imparted wisdom that was accessible and a total game changer for how I thought about writing stories."
November 29, 2018
Swoon Author Olivia Hinebaugh: Don't Stop NowJust because November's almost over doesn't mean it's almost time to stop writing!
November 14, 2018
Special Guest Grant Faulkner: Getting through the Muddle of the Muddy MiddleGrant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo, dropped by to offer a few tips on tackling the hardest part of a novel.
November 8, 2018
Swoon Author Chani Lynn Feener: The Secret to Winning NaNoWriMoChani has won NaNoWriMo six years in a row. Want to know how she does it? The answer may surprise you.
November 1, 2018
Swoon Author Danika Stone: In Search of the Elusive Plot BunnyDefeating the blank page is often the hardest step. Danika Stone offers five tips for finding your inspiration.
October 11, 2018
Swoon Author Devon Taylor: Keep on DaydreamingThe author of The Soul Keepers has a message for all you aspiring authors out there: You can do it.
August 30, 2018
From the Swoon Squad: Don't Give Up (Part IV)Feeling down about not getting selected this season? Our Swoon authors have some words of wisdom for you.
August 16, 2018
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner: Writing + Other Types of ArtArt informs art, and any kind—whether it's music, movies, or visual art—can be used as inspiration for your writing.
August 13, 2018
Writing Prompts: A User's GuideSwoon staffer Val O. shares three essential tips for how to use writing prompts to your full advantage.
August 6, 2018
Guest Author Roshani Chokshi: Finding the Right Writing Rituals for YouThere's no "right" way to write. Bestselling author Roshani Chokshi shares some wisdom for finding what works for you.
July 16, 2018
Guest Author Maurene Goo: How I Draft by Avoiding It Until I Have No Choice But to WriteThe hardest part about being a writer is often finding the time to write. Guest author Maurene Goo shares some tips.
July 2, 2018
Guest Author Ashley Woodfolk: Finding Inspiration EverywhereDon’t decide what “kind” of writer you are too soon. Instead, be open to inspiration that can come from anywhere.
June 8, 2018
Swoon Author Alex Evansley: Feels Like Summer, Take TwoWHAT’S UP, GUYS. And happy summer! I hope you’re all through exams and/or on summer break and...
April 27, 2018
Swoon Author Sandy Hall: The Struggle with Inspiration DroughtLately, I’ve been experiencing something super frustrating: I’ve been dealing with an “inspiration drought.” I haven’t had...
April 19, 2018
From the Swoon Squad: Don't Give Up (Part III)Hey there, Swooners, We are so excited to welcome three new authors into the Swoon family! There were SO many...
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...
March 1, 2018
Swoon Author Kelly Zekas: From Acting Like a Writer to Becoming OneWhen I was six I was a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream. I didn't have much to...
February 13, 2018
From the Swoon Squad: Don't Give Up (Part II)Hey there, Swooners, We are so excited to welcome three new authors into the Swoon family! There were SO many...
January 19, 2018
Be Your Own Muse: 3 Inspiration Hacks for When It’s Just Not Coming to YouFinding the motivation to write is easy when you're bursting with ideas—or better yet, when you find yourself...
October 19, 2017
Swoon Author Nikki Katz: The Visual Element of Writing a ManuscriptAuthors often are asked if they are a plotter or pantsers—which means do they plot their novel before starting...