Jolene Perry's Blog

May 12, 2016

Because this is release week, I feel okay about flooding my blog a bit *language warning for you tender-eyed souls* This is the scene where the fear list is brought up. Hailey has just puked on Kyle’s shoes, and he’s giving her a ride home… “Your voice is nice,” Hailey said. “Low but not weird […]
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Published on May 12, 2016 12:50 • 19 views

May 9, 2016

When you write a novel with someone, you get an inside look at how their brain works, how their family works, and how their life works. The more time I spend with Christa, the more I think she’s an amazing person. So today, instead of sharing a FEAR LIST, like we did w/ our characters […]
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Published on May 09, 2016 20:54 • 11 views

April 13, 2016

So, I finally got new running shoes today. I’m owed a tax return for the first time in a long time (YAY!) because I made less money (NOT SO MUCH YAY), and I was in desperate need of new running shoes. This spring, like every other time, I expected to get that runner’s high I […]
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Published on April 13, 2016 16:23 • 7 views

April 5, 2016

HOW WE MET: I met Courtney before either of us were agented – 2010? 2011? We’d both entered in a one-sentence pitch contest, and I begged her to let meread her submission. It was fab. (ME AND COURT AT SCBWI 2012 – SHE NO LONGER HAS THAT HAIR, AND I NO LONGER HAVE THAT EXTRA […]
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Published on April 05, 2016 18:25 • 6 views

March 28, 2016

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, […]
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Published on March 28, 2016 09:24 • 9 views

March 1, 2016

I’ve been working on the classes I’ll be teaching at the Storymakers Conference this year, and thought it might be fun to give you a TINY peek into myMad Drafting Skillz class. (Even with titles, I cannot be serious). Also, this got a little long… So. A few things to think about doing BEFORE you […]
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Published on March 01, 2016 09:08 • 11 views

February 22, 2016

CHARACTERIZATION!! This is probably the thing I spend the most time on when writing. I know why each of my characters made each decision. Why they use the words they do. The way they see the world, and WHY they see the world a certain way. (Then I hope I’ve transferred that to the page). […]
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Published on February 22, 2016 17:15 • 14 views

February 18, 2016

I use these two words a LOT – especially when I’m revising. After working through agent notes on one MS, and my first beta reader notes on another, I find myself going back to the basics. When a writer shifts something near the beginning of their MS, especially when it has to do with the […]
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Published on February 18, 2016 12:21 • 15 views

February 7, 2016

Writerly-Person? I know. You’re ready to walk away now. I was asked this question in a local writer’s group not long ago, and thought I’d turn it into a short blog post, because I much prefer short blog posts :-) I’m just going to jump RIGHT IN. With very new writers, I see way too […]
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Published on February 07, 2016 23:42 • 13 views

January 31, 2016

The January 2016 edition. (on a side note, my wordpress post editor looks different, and me no likey. WHERE IS MY SAVE BUTTON????? *breathes into paper bag*) What I’ve READ: I re-read HOURGLASS by Myra McEntyre because I needed somethingswoony and fun where I knew what was going to happen. A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer […]
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Published on January 31, 2016 21:46 • 13 views