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Your place for writerly wisdom. Check out our Ask an Editor series, get advice about fine-tuning your craft and more.
September 10, 2018
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner: The 7 Stages of Grief—uh, I mean—Editing
The author of How to Breathe Underwater breaks down the 7 steps of getting your very first edit letter.
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 23, 2018
Swoon Author Shannon Klare: You Mean It Happened?
From football games to barn hide-and-seek, Surviving Adam Meade contains a lot from Shannon's own high school life.
August 13, 2018
Writing Prompts: A User's Guide
Swoon 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 You
There's no "right" way to write. Bestselling author Roshani Chokshi shares some wisdom for finding what works for you.
July 27, 2018
Swoon Author Maggie Ann Martin's Editing Update: Finding a Drafting Schedule That Works for You
"Write a little every day" is very common writing advice, but it just doesn't work for everyone.
July 26, 2018
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn: Where Do Ideas Come From?
The author of When Life Gives You Demons shares some of her favorite sources of writing inspiration.
July 16, 2018
Guest Author Maurene Goo: How I Draft by Avoiding It Until I Have No Choice But to Write
The hardest part about being a writer is often finding the time to write. Guest author Maurene Goo shares some tips.
July 6, 2018
Swoon Author SM Koz: Taking Control of the Writing Life
Having trouble balancing real life with the writing life? SM Koz has some Type A-author suggestions for getting it done.
July 2, 2018
Guest Author Ashley Woodfolk: Finding Inspiration Everywhere
Don’t decide what “kind” of writer you are too soon. Instead, be open to inspiration that can come from anywhere.
June 20, 2018
Swoon Author Katy Upperman's Editing Update: Digging Deeper
There were some unique issues to take into consideration while editing Katy Upperman's second novel.
June 18, 2018
Guest Author Aminah Mae Safi: Ask Why, Not How
I’ve gotten a lot of questions, as people have begun reading my debut Not the Girls You're Looking For...
June 6, 2018
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn's Editing Update: A Learning Process
I love a shiny new idea, but first drafts are not super easy for me. This is probably because I...
June 4, 2018
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...
May 31, 2018
Swoon Author Danielle Banas' Editing Update: An Actual Emotional Rollercoaster
This was my family and friends when I told them I had received my first edit letter: “What?” they said...
May 24, 2018
Swoon Author Shani Petroff: Based on Another True Story
I love taking something that happened to me, twisting it around, adding new elements, taking out a bunch of others...
May 23, 2018
Swoon Author SM Koz's Editing Update: Embrace the Delete Button
I should start by pointing out that I know I’m an oddball when it comes to editing. I actually...
May 17, 2018
Swoon Author Shani Petroff: Love for My Plus-Size Protagonist
I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life. Yet, as I was setting out to work on...
May 11, 2018
Swoon Author Alex Evansley's Editing Update: Rewriting vs. Revising, and Other Real Talk from the LSTT Editorial Process
There’s nothing quite like the moment you write “The End” on a work in progress. Whether it’s a...
May 10, 2018
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo: 7 Tips for Handling Constructive Criticism
Constructive criticism and writing go together like new shoes and blisters, nature hikes and poison ivy, three frozen mango margaritas...
May 8, 2018
Mapping the Jungle: An Editor’s Pitch for Outlines
I thought I’d drop by today and chat a bit about my love for outlines, and why I think...