Lynda R. Young's Blog

May 25, 2015

On the weekend I attended the Game On convention which is a part of Sydney's Vivid lights festival. It was super fun with lots of talks about the future of technology, the trends in the gaming industry and so forth. I went to a talk on how to pitch your game and discovered it was pretty much the same as pitching a novel. Know your audience. Be specific. When using adjectives make sure they are descriptive rather than subjective eg don't say, 'This is an awesome game!' Explain what makes it aw...
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Published on May 25, 2015 17:23

May 4, 2015

Today I'm over at the IWSG website with a post about 5 Ways to Recover from Writer's Fatigue. I'd love to see you over there.

This post is also doubling up as my IWSG post for this Wednesday because this week I'm busier than normal. I think I'm actually too busy to feel any insecurities. Gasp! (And happy surprise). So instead I'm going to share with you a photo I recently took after the big storms in Sydney. No fallen trees, or broken branches. No debris or general mess created by the storms....
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Published on May 04, 2015 02:02 • 3 views

April 15, 2015

While I may not be taking on the full A-Z Challenge, I have picked up a few letters via the Insecure Writers Support Group website. Today's letter is M and I've written a short piece  about how to revive your motivation when it flags. I'd love to see you over there.

Because I'm super busy at the moment with writing, game development and life in general, I won't be posting here until next month, so I'll let you know I also have the letters T and Z on the IWSG website, so be sure to check...
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Published on April 15, 2015 03:03 • 3 views

April 7, 2015

Available today!
Dragon of the Starsby Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military

What Are the Kargrandes?

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and to...
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Published on April 07, 2015 01:09 • 1 view

March 31, 2015

Welcome to April already. Oh. My. Gosh. I hadn’t thought the year could fly by any faster, but apparently I was wrong. Because writing and publishing are such slow businesses in many aspects, the year swishing by can trigger all sorts of insecurities:

My dreams are never going to happen! I’ll never finish this wretched book! I’ll never find that agent who sees something special in my writing! I won’t be able to find the right publisher! And heaps more… (I believe this list is endless).

But real...
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Published on March 31, 2015 17:31 • 2 views

March 23, 2015

Today is a very special day. Today is the cover reveal for one of my much loved critique partners. We've been reading each other's work for years, been through all the highs and lows together, and now I'm super excited for her fabulous success. I love the cover. And between you and me, the book is even better!

The Body Institute by Carol RiggsRelease Date: 1st September 2015Entangled Teen
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, M...
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Published on March 23, 2015 23:05 • 1 view

March 3, 2015

Just up the street from where I live there’s an old drain in the gutter. It’s an inhospitable environment for a delicate flower, yet a small clump has survived, seeded from a bush across the road. Each time I pass the flowers on my morning walk, I can’t help but compare them to making a career from writing.

To break into the traditional publishing world can sometimes feel like an impossible feat. There are so many factors against us—I can’t even begin listing them all here. When the rejections...
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Published on March 03, 2015 16:39 • 5 views

February 16, 2015

Today I'm over at the IWSG website talking about the all important question of whether or not to resurrect an old manuscript. And you guessed it--it's not a simple yes/no answer. I'd love to see you over there.

After today, I'll be going back to my writing and game development work. Puff, puff, puff. My next post will be on March Fourth and I'll be going back to my monthly posting. In the meanwhile, please enjoy the image below:

Mostly I enjoy taking photos of the natural world, but occasional...
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Published on February 16, 2015 02:47 • 5 views

February 9, 2015

Today I'm being interviewed by the lovely Maggie at Just Get it Written. Please join us over there. I'd love to see you.

I'd also like to thank C Lee McKenzie for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks so much for the award. I must admit, having decided to spend less time blogging in favour of game development and writing, I thought I might disappear from people's thoughts across the blogsphere, so the award came as a wonderful surprise. Thank you, Lee!

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Published on February 09, 2015 11:53 • 2 views

February 3, 2015

As many of you know, I’ve been working on game design and I’ve discovered—much to my delight and distress—that it’s very similar to writing. Because of this, I’ve learned a few unexpected truths about creativity I’d like to share with you today.

Game design, along with writing, can be frustrating. This may not come as a surprise to many of you, but I think it’s a truth we live with on a surface level until we’re sunk in the thick of it. When we’re not feeling the frustration, we can brush it a...
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Published on February 03, 2015 15:56 • 3 views