When I was a little girl, I would put a pillow on my lap, balance a notebook on top, and write stories. There was something magical about pencil-on-paper. When I speak to young people, I tell them how powerful it is to create something that … Continue readingWhy I Write Longhand
Because we’re all 12. Were you bullied at 12? I bet you remember that bully’s name. I bet you could tell me what his face looked like, or the color of her hair. Did you ever feel awkward? I bet you remember where you were and … Continue readingWhy Do I Write Middle-Grade?
Time for another installment of Book Spine Flash Fiction, crafted especially for you from Erin’s Bookshelf. Here goes: Her magical thinking spit back a boy, burning down the house, world and town. Rosemary’s baby was falling into place, wrestling the angel. Her parched son, on … Continue readingNew Book Spine Flash Fiction!
My writer friend Maria DeVivo tagged me in the Meet My Character Blog Tour. (Thanks, Maria!) The Meet My Character Blog Tour gives writers a chance to highlight the main character of a recent work. For my post, I’d like to introduce you to the … Continue readingI’d Like to Introduce You to Apple Yengko
If you’ve been writing seriously for any amount of time, you probably know all the standard rules of technique: show don’t tell, write what you know, blah blah blah. But if you really want to survive as a writer—mentally and emotionally—there’s one element of your … Continue readingThe Most Important Writing Technique No One Talks About
Yesterday I saw this tweet from literary agent Mandy Hubbard: As someone who has dreamed of being published since I crafted my first hardcover in second grade, the Tweet resonated. She followed it up with a few clarifications: although you may need a laptop, Internet … Continue readingMandy Hubbard is a Genius
When I was in college, one of my professors gave the class a timed assignment: List at least fifty things you can do with a brick. Everyone started scribbling, including me. But my scribbling didn’t last long. I can’t remember how many ideas occurred to … Continue readingWe’re All “Creatives”