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211 Posts: Inspiration
June 15, 2017
Swoon Author Danika Stone: INTERNET FAMOUS and the Four Books That Kept Me WritingMy writing goes in phases. I’m either in the “can’t type the words fast enough” part or the...
May 19, 2017
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo: Trust the ProcessEver since way back when, Swoon Reads has promised to “pull back the curtain” on the publishing industry, and in...
May 12, 2017
Swoon Author Kate Evangelista: From Pen to PaperIf you’re anything like me, you need variety and consistency at the same time. I know. It seems like...
April 27, 2017
Swoon Author Hanna Nowinski: Has Anybody Seen My Motivation and If So, Could You Tell It to Contact Me ASAP?I’ve been writing for most of my life and therefore have absolutely no idea why I still have this...
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 22, 2017
Writing Prompt: Instrumental TunesI have to listen to music while I work. Even when I'm reading, I'll often turn on instrumental music so...
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...
January 20, 2017
Fight the Power: Get Inspired by These 5 Life-Affirming Moments in Politically Charged YA LitRegardless if you swing elephant or donkey, there's no denying that these are turbulent times. Many folks are feeling...
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 look ahead...
November 23, 2016
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo: Don't Force ItNovember has come and gone in the blink of an eye. For some people, that’s a good thing. Some...
October 17, 2016
NaNoWriMo: Productive ProcrastinationNaNoWriMo is just around the corner. But instead of giving you the typical tips and tricks for how to write...
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 ideas...
September 8, 2016
Swoon Reads Author Sandy Hall: Desperately Seeking InspirationI am extraordinarily lucky. Somewhere along the line I befriended someone who is a limitless font of awesome book ideas...
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 HeadWe've all been there, right? Whether because you heard it in the grocery store or in the background of a...
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 adage...
July 7, 2016
Swoon Author Jenn P. Nguyen: Kdramas, RPGs, Fan Fiction, and All the Other Stuff That Made Me WriteWhenever anyone asks me what influences my writing, I usually say Korean dramas, but honestly that’s kind of incomplete...
May 18, 2016
Feed Your Characters: Using Food as a World-Building ToolToday we’re going to talk about three of my very favorite things: reading, writing and food. And while we...
April 18, 2016
A Quiz in Honor of LOVE, LIES AND SPIES: Which YA Historical Period Should You Read Next?Feeling the urge to go back in time for a good story? We've got you covered!
April 13, 2016
Feminist Fight Songs: Celebrating National Poetry MonthIn celebration of National Poetry month, I decided to highlight some of my favorite song lyrics by women, for women...
April 6, 2016
Writing Prompt: How Many Words Are These Pictures Worth?You know the saying: A picture's worth a thousand words. Well, Swooners, it's time to put that old adage to...