Lynda R. Young's Blog

July 5, 2016

The curious thing about being a writer is it’s a whole lot harder than it looks. Part of the job of being a writer is to question every scene, every paragraph, every sentence. Does it express everything I want it to express? Could it be better? Am I using the correct grammar? Have I broken the rules in a way that adds to the text rather than taking away from it? What needs fixing?

The list of questions is endless, but they are questions writers need to ask if they want to push themselves to m...
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Published on July 05, 2016 21:44 • 2 views

May 31, 2016

Releasing a new book is always a nerve-wracking experience, making all sorts of insecurities crop up, so for this time around for the Insecure Writers Support Group day, I'm here to help Carol Riggs with her release. Below is the awesome cover of her new soon-to-be-released novel. Even though I'm not exactly here. But I will be again in a couple of days. Yay!


BOTTLED is a YA fantasy novel. It will release July 7, 2016 from Clean Reads. 

At seventeen, Adeelah Naji is transformed into...
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Published on May 31, 2016 20:58 • 5 views

May 9, 2016

Today I'm over at the IWSG website talking about How to be a Good Critique Partner . I'd love to see you over there. But first, check out Medeia Sharif's exciting new book!

The Haunted Stepsisterby Medeia Sharif
Published by Leap Books, it is released today!!

Sixth grade isn’t easy for Jesenya Moradi, especially since her father’s recent remarriage and tension with her new stepsister, Kammy. After an incident at school that nearly destroyed Kammy's life, Jess has been desperate to get on Kammy’s...
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Published on May 09, 2016 02:19 • 3 views

May 3, 2016

When I was a wee thing in school, I used to do the least amount of study needed to pass an exam. Passing was my goal, even if it meant passing by half a percent. I had no motivation to do better. Why? It wasn’t because of laziness. It was because of a fear of failure. That might sound strange considering how close I came to failing. The truth was, if I failed an exam or an assignment by not studying, then that didn’t matter, but if I studied hard, or, well, just studied in some cases, and I s...
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Published on May 03, 2016 18:13 • 3 views

April 5, 2016

I am currently not here right now. I'm off doing... stuff. Cool stuff, crazy stuff, scary stuff, and a bunch of uncategorized stuff. You know, that stuff that happens when we're not writing? No I'm not currently writing. I'm in that in-between zone where the current project is in a holding pattern while various folk ponder over it, and a new project is still brewing in the cobwebbed regions of the brain while another, different kind of project is buzzing away to a happy tune while it's gettin...
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Published on April 05, 2016 21:10 • 4 views

March 1, 2016

All writers will experience a level of insecurity at some time--some more than others, some more frequently than others. It’s a natural and inevitable part of being a writer. However, this feeling of insecurity can become a repeating beastie that lurks around for too long and inhibits your creativity until your writing comes to a shuddering stop. It can become so bad that the moment you sit down to write, the insecurity flares up again. This is bad. And this is what happens when your insecuri...
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Published on March 01, 2016 21:28 • 12 views

February 2, 2016

As many know already, IWSG is starting up a free newsletter. To sign up for it, click here. It will be released on the last Wednesday of every month and it's going to be awesome! If you are an IWSG member and would like to submit a short piece for consideration (no longer than 200 words) on anything to do with writing, publishing or marketing, then please send a DOC to Chrys Fey at chrysfey(at)yahoo(dot)com with "Member Article" in the subject line, no later than March 2nd. If you'd like to b...
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Published on February 02, 2016 18:13 • 5 views

January 6, 2016

Happy 2016 everyone!! At last I can announce the winners of the IWSG 2015 writing contest! But I won't. Instead I'll direct you to the IWSG website for that info. Big cheers and congratulations to everyone who took part. It was especially difficult to pick the winners because of the high standard. 

On a different note, I'd like to introduce you to Anna Simpson, a wonderful inspiration and a writer who didn't give up. Her new release is White Light, a cozy mystery. Take it away, Anna.


Thank...
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Published on January 06, 2016 02:36 • 3 views

December 1, 2015

Insecurities have a tendency to crop up and hang around like weeds, breeding more weeds, making writing difficult. The best way to deal with those insecurities is to take a break. Walk away for a short time, remove the pressure, and just live a little.

I recently came back from said break where I went on a cruise to the South Pacific islands. Best break ever!

To avoid rubbing it in (because that would be bad), I'll post two photos that pretty much sum up the bliss. If I were to rub it in, I'd t...
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Published on December 01, 2015 15:49 • 10 views

November 3, 2015

If you are looking for my IWSG post, you can find it here: 5 Steps to Deal with Writer's Block because today I've handed my blog over to Stephen Tremp, intrepid writer extraordinaire.We've been blogging buddies for many years now and he's always inspired me with his can-do attitude. Take it away, Stephen:


My family of kids has just grown to four. That’s a pretty good size family. Sure, my focus is on my new baby Salem’s Daughters. She just entered the world and I’m busy oohing and ahhing over...
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Published on November 03, 2015 18:10 • 11 views