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226 Posts: Inspiration
January 6, 2020
New Year's Resolution-ing? Take These YA Novels With YouWe have the perfect YA book to pair with your New Year's resolution of choice!
December 9, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: Another November Is Over... Now What?Whether you "won" NaNoWriMo or not, there's only one thing left to do: Let other people read your work.
November 21, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Stay MotivatedFeeling the grind of NaNoWriMo? Here are five expert tips to keep yourself motivated.
November 13, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Make the Most of Your MinutesHere are six tips to help you hit those word count goals.
November 8, 2019
NaNoWriMo 101: How to Find InspirationIf you're struggling to come up with a story to tell, here are seven tips for where to find the inspiration you need.
October 30, 2019
Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Slow and Steady Writes the Novel"The secret to winning NaNoWriMo is to have a proper plan in place."
October 24, 2019
Prepping for NaNoWriMo: 10 Things NaNo-Newbies Can ExpectParticipating in NaNoWriMo for the first time? Seasoned NaNo-er and author Katy Upperman can tell you what to expect.
October 17, 2019
Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Your Muse Has Left You… What Now?Gearing up for NaNoWriMo, but not sure what story you want to write? Vicky Skinner has some tips for finding it.
October 10, 2019
Journaling 101: Give Yourself a Chance for a Fresh Start Every Day"Journaling reminds me that I’m always moving forward, that no day is wasted."
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.