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424 Posts: Writing
September 19, 2019
Behind the Book: Creating the Futuristic Technology of MIND GAMESIn order to write about futuristic technology, author Shana Silver had to invent it first.
September 17, 2019
Ask an Editor: When the Stakes Go Too HighWe all know the stakes of a plot need to be high to keep readers interested. But how high is TOO high?
September 11, 2019
Choose Your Words Carefully: An Author's Guide to Revising for Voice"The voice pass is usually my favorite and the most frustrating at the same time!"
August 30, 2019
Making the Most of a Minute: 5 Life Hacks for Busy Writers"You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish even if you think you don’t have any time."
August 22, 2019
A Lesson in Storytelling from Marvel Movies: Don't Sweat the Small StuffIn order to deliver emotional storytelling, sometimes you need to break the rules and trust your readers to keep up.
August 19, 2019
Swoon Author Shana Silver's Editing Update: 7 Steps to Revision Success"No matter how you revise, what’s important is finding a method that works for you."
August 8, 2019
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner: How to Avoid Burnout"Practice self-care and work smarter, not harder!"
August 1, 2019
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner: The Evolution of a Novel"Just this once, I thought I’d talk about how long it REALLY takes me to write a novel."
July 25, 2019
Swoon Author Chani Lynn Feener: Character BreakdownNow that the Xenith trilogy has come to an end, here is a character primer for anyone who's new to the series!
July 18, 2019
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn: You Never Know"If you’re thinking of submitting to Swoon Reads, do it—you never know where you could end up."
July 10, 2019
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn's Editing Update: A Necessary Edit"I’ve written three books—which equals many edit letters—and it’s not gotten any easier. I don’t expect it ever will."
July 4, 2019
Swoon Author Sandy Hall: Getting Unstuck"When I can’t seem to turn the spark of an idea into a plot, I tend to read writing craft books."
July 2, 2019
Swoon Author Chani Lynn Feener's Editing Update: Closing Out a Chapter"What made doing the edits for Within Ash and Stardust difficult was knowing that it was the final book in the trilogy."
July 1, 2019
Ask an Editor: The Importance of StakesIf plot is "What happens" in a story, stakes are "Why do we care?" Editor Holly West explains how important they are!
June 27, 2019
Swoon Author Natalie Williamson: Rules I've Learned NOT to Break"I’ve figured out a few rules (bet you’re all shocked, ha!) to help me maximize the time I DO get to spend writing."
June 25, 2019
Swoon Author Samantha Hastings' Editing Update: Going the Rounds"My first edit letter for was 10 pages long! When I read for it the first time, it felt like a knockout punch."
June 17, 2019
Swoon Author Sandy Hall's Editing Update: Letting Go"When it’s time for your book to move on, you have to push it out of the nest and hope for the best."
June 10, 2019
Swoon Author Shana Silver's First Draft Report: From the Cloud to the Page"It’s important to have a champion for your work, someone who encourages you to pursue something special."
June 6, 2019
Swoon Author Claire Kann's Publishing Confessional: Dear Winnie"The truth is I’d been very anxious about June 4th ... for a bunch of reasons. Everything about the book was difficult."
May 27, 2019
Swoon Author SM Koz's Editing Update: A Whole New Experience"When I look back at the process as a whole, I have to say Risking It All was substantially easier than my first book."
May 15, 2019
Swoon Author Natalie Williamson's Editing Update: No Longer Alone"I have a hard time with first drafts. But editing? Editing I LOVE."