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June 24, 2016

If you want to become a better writer, you have to write. But you also have to read. One of the things I love to read about is the craft of writing — advice, tips, and techniques from other writers.


Take a look at what I was reading this week & a few other things that inspired me:


*All images from Pinterest


Articles & Posts:


4 Writing Lessons from Stephen King


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How Drawing House Maps Can Help You With Your Writing


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The Thrill is Gone: When You Lose Passion for Your Writing Project


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**See more Writing Tips, Tricks, & Tools here


Books for Writers:


The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod & Steve Scott


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**See more Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


“I’m Not Daydreaming; I’m Plotting” Mug


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Scapple, A Writers’ Mind Map App From The Maker Of Scrivener


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Quotes for Writers:


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Infographics:


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June 17, 2016

If you want to become a better writer, you have to write. But you also have to read. One of the things I love to read about is the craft of writing — advice, tips, and techniques from other writers.


Take a look at what I was reading this week & a few other things that inspired me:


*All images from Pinterest


Articles & Posts:


The Secret to Writing the Killer Plot Twist


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Story Brainstorming Sheets


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How to Outline a Novel: 60 Index Cards Method


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Books for Writers:


Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith


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**See more Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


23 Awesome Mugs Only Book Nerds Will Appreciate


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Bookish Throw Pillows


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**See more Cool Stuff for Writers & Readers here


Quotes for Writers:


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Infographics:


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June 14, 2016

I started out in college as a fine arts major. Even though I ultimately ended up being a writer, I still see the world in pictures.


When I’m building a new story, images allow me to physically see the characters and the places the way I visualize them in my mind. Inspiration boards are also a great way to get the feel for the mood of the book, or a particular scene.


One wall in my office serves as my inspiration board for the Legion Series, and another is for my upcoming YA contemporary romance for Imprint, The Lovely Reckless. Here’s a look at some of the images that inspired me this week.


*All Images from Pinterest


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You can pre-order The Lovely Reckless here – and get a sneak peek here!


If you missed What’s on My Inspiration Board #66, you can see it here.


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June 13, 2016

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Every Monday, I post about what’s on my desk. This is my desk until I finish THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS. When I hit my daily word count, these books are my reward.


Check out what’s on my desk today:


– The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos Outline – No peeking!

– Writing Essentials: Lap Desk, Book Bible (Binder), Pens, Headphones, Water, Snacks

– Handwritten Draft – Note the ripped out pages

– Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

– History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera


What’s on your desk today? Let me know in the comments section.


If you missed On My Desk #89, you can see it here.


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June 10, 2016

If you want to become a better writer, you have to write. But you also have to read. One of the things I love to read about is the craft of writing — advice, tips, and techniques from other writers.


Take a look at what I was reading this week & a few other things that inspired me:


*All images from Pinterest


Articles & Posts:


How to Write a Story: From Nada to Novel in No Time


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53 Of The Best Opening Sentences In Literature


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5 Tips on World Building from Scratch


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**See more Writing Advice, Tips, & Tools here


Books for Writers:


How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide by Laura Brown


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**See more Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


Mermaid Diary


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**See more Cool Stuff for Writers & Readers here


Quotes for Writers:


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Infographics:


The Amazingly Simple Anatomy of a Meaningful Marketing Story


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June 9, 2016

In honor of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child previews opening this week, show some love for your Hogwarts house in the poll below.




Which house am I in? Slytherin!


If you’re seeing The Cursed Child, let me know your (spoiler-free) thoughts in the comments. Can’t wait to hear about it!


Featured Image: Hypable


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June 6, 2016

on my desk


Every Monday, I post about what’s on my desk. Check out what’s on my desk today:


– This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

– Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

– Vintage Typewriter (part of my collection)


What’s on your desk today? Let me know in the comments section.


If you missed On My Desk #88, you can see it here.


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June 3, 2016

If you want to become a better writer, you have to write. But you also have to read. One of the things I love to read about is the craft of writing — advice, tips, and techniques from other writers.


Take a look at what I was reading this week & a few other things that inspired me:


*All images from Pinterest


Articles & Posts:


Boost Your Writing Productivity


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The Daily Routines of Great Writers


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‘I Can’t Start my Book’ – You Can in 7 Steps


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**See more Writing Advice, Tips, & Tools here


Books for Writers:


A Few of My Favorite Books for Writers


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**See more Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


Easy And Beautiful DIY Projects Made With Old Books


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30 Book-Scented Perfumes & Candles


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Quotes for Writers:


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Infographics:


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May 27, 2016

If you want to become a better writer, you have to write. But you also have to read. One of the things I love to read about is the craft of writing — advice, tips, and techniques from other writers.


Take a look at what I was reading this week & a few other things that inspired me:


*All images from Pinterest


Articles & Posts:


How to Mentally Prepare to Write Your Novel


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Writing Worksheet: How to Kill a Character


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Creating Complex Characters: Inner Conflict


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Books for Writers:


Story Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant by Larry Brooks


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**See more Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


Ribbon Bookmarks


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“Coffee, Books, & Rain” Pillow


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**See more Cool Stuff for Writers & Readers here


Quotes for Writers:


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Infographics:


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May 24, 2016

I started out in college as a fine arts major. Even though I ultimately ended up being a writer, I still see the world in pictures.


When I’m building a new story, images allow me to physically see the characters and the places the way I visualize them in my mind. Inspiration boards are also a great way to get the feel for the mood of the book, or a particular scene.


One wall in my office serves as my inspiration board for the Legion Series, and another is for my upcoming YA contemporary romance for Imprint, The Lovely Reckless. Here’s a look at some of the images that inspired me this week.


*All Images from Pinterest


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You can pre-order The Lovely Reckless here – and get a sneak peek here!


If you missed What’s on My Inspiration Board #65, you can see it here.


The post What’s On My Inspiration Board? #66 appeared first on Kami Garcia.

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