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404 Posts: Writing
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."
May 13, 2019
Swoon Author Vicky Skinner's First Draft Report: Skipping the Sophomore Slump"On July 13, 2013, I wrote the first line of We Are the Ghosts on my way to work."
May 9, 2019
Swoon Author Danika Stone: So You Want to Be a Writer...There was a long stretch of years when I described myself as an “aspiring writer.”
May 6, 2019
Swoon Author Danika Stone's Editing Update: Anything Is Possible"Before you light your manuscript on fire, I need to share a secret: You. Can. Handle. This."
April 25, 2019
Swoon Author Jenn P. Nguyen's Editing Update: Every Novel Is Different"It’s a well-known fact that I love editing. First drafts are the devil. They’re messy and unpredictable."
April 22, 2019
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn's First Draft Report: Little by Little"My first drafts are a mess. Like dumpster-fire level."
April 11, 2019
Swoon Author Lillie Vale: The Importance of Strong, Complicated Friendships in YA"Yeah, romance and kissing is nice, but do not underestimate friendship."
April 10, 2019
Ask an Editor: Setting Up Your WorldbuildingIf you're worried your worldbuilding might be bogging down your opening chapters, this post is for you!
April 5, 2019
Swoon Author Sandy Hall: The Advice I Give Myself"If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Writing advice is not one size fits all."
March 28, 2019
Swoon Author Lillie Vale: Refilling the Creative Well"Why do our writer brains always come down on us so hard for taking some much needed R&R?"
March 25, 2019
Swoon Author Danika Stone's First Draft Report: Off on a New Adventure"Believe it or not, there was once a time when I’d never even thought of writing Switchback."
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."
March 20, 2019
Swoon Author Cindy Anstey's Editing Update: Like Sharpening a Blade"Writing The Hummingbird Dagger was an adventure on its own."
March 18, 2019
Swoon Author SM Koz's First Draft Report: A New Way to Build a Book"When brainstorming ideas for my second book, I knew I wanted two characters who couldn’t be more different."
March 14, 2019
Swoon Author Jessika Fleck: Words Heal"Words and stories are beautiful, magical things. I truly believe this."
March 11, 2019
Swoon Author Natalie Williamson's First Draft Report: All About the BeginningMost writers need to perfect one thing before starting a new project, whether it's a playlist or an outline.
March 4, 2019
Swoon Author Jenn P. Nguyen's First Draft Report: Second Novel SyndromeJenn shares the truth about how a sophomore novel can actually be a lot harder to write than a debut.
February 20, 2019
Swoon Author Lillie Vale's Editing Update: Meeting My Book for the First Time (Again)"In a lot of ways, Small Town Hearts is a totally different book than it was before."
February 14, 2019
Swoon Author Caitlin Lochner: Time Management Tips for the Busy Writer"How do you do ALL the things without curling up into the fetal position on your kitchen floor?"
February 13, 2019
Swoon Author Melinda Grace's Editing Update: That Time I Thought Editing Was Easy... It Totally Wasn't"Editing, for me, was akin to when I first learned how to play Sudoku."
February 12, 2019
The Life-Changing Magic of Killing Your DarlingsScenes need to be more than well-written: They need to have a purpose in your story as a whole.