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March 29, 2018
Swoon Author Alyssa Brandon: The Idea vs. The Process
Whenever I tell people about having written a book and that I’m working on another one, one of the...
March 13, 2018
3 YA Female Character Tropes That Can See Themselves Out ASAP
Let’s face it—even though we’re living in the golden age of young adult fiction (I just decided...
February 23, 2018
Swoon Author Tarun Shanker: The Three Stages of Research
Research can be overwhelming. If you’re an over-preparer like me, you might have an endless list of books that...
February 16, 2018
Swoon Author Kristen Orlando: A Coffee Date and Some Writing Advice
When I was writing the novel that became You Don't Know My Name, I did it in secret. I...
January 29, 2018
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Writing and Paragraph Length
Finished with big edits? Time to look at how the length of your sentences and paragraphs can help you story sing.
January 24, 2018
PSA: Sexual Violence Is Not a Plot Device
Attention, Writers! Today we are interrupting your regularly scheduled swooning with an important Public Service Announcement: Sexual violence is not...
January 19, 2018
Be Your Own Muse: 3 Inspiration Hacks for When It’s Just Not Coming to You
Finding the motivation to write is easy when you're bursting with ideas—or better yet, when you find yourself...
December 15, 2017
Swoon Author Danika Stone: 10 Things I Wish I Knew BEFORE I Published My First Book
No matter how prepared you think you are when you publish a book, the actual experience is bound to throw...
November 29, 2017
Historical Fiction Tips: Getting Started with Research
As a reader, I love historical fiction. When executed well, a work of historical fiction has the power to transport...
August 24, 2017
Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough: 5 Tips for Writing an Interesting Love Story
Whether you are writing a love story or a story with a romantic subplot, it’s crucial that your readers...
July 28, 2017
Guest Author Heather Demetrios: Me Before Thee – Crafting a YA Romance That Puts Self-Love in the Equation
If you’re a YA writer, chances are you’ve got some romance in your book. At least, I hope...
July 25, 2017
5 Lessons Writers Can Learn from Television
Like most of us, I watch a LOT of television. It’s a lot faster to watch a 40-minute episode...
July 13, 2017
Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn: Words of Wisdom
My dream, ever since I was in the second grade, was to one day walk into a bookstore and see...
June 27, 2017
Say What?: 5 Tips for Avoiding Common Dialogue Mistakes
The key to writing good dialogue is to be as realistic as possible without boring your reader. You want your...
June 13, 2017
Unlikable Characters: How to Make Them Work
For many readers, the first thing that hooks them when they open a book is the main character. They are...
June 2, 2017
From Hashtags to Home Pages: 4 Tips for Writing About the Internet
Powered by Giphy We’ve all had that frustrating moment while watching a movie or TV show where a character...
May 19, 2017
Swoon Author Karole Cozzo: Trust the Process
Ever since way back when, Swoon Reads has promised to “pull back the curtain” on the publishing industry, and in...
April 28, 2017
Why Wasn't I Chosen?: An Open Edit Letter (Part VIII)
Dear Swoon Readers, You gave us so many great manuscripts to choose from this season! Thank you for all of...
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 19, 2017
So You’ve Made a Social Media Account
Even if you’ve never used social media, it’s never too late to jump online and get social! Feeling...
April 17, 2017
Swoon Author Hanna Nowinski: To Outline or Not to Outline?
(Psst, the answer is to outline.) (Except no, don’t listen to me. Do your own thing.) (That said, I...