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June 15, 2018

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:


Finish Your First Draft


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Eleven Requirements For The First Pages of Your Bestseller


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Books for Writers:


Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer  by Roy Peter Clark


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**See more Craft and Reference Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


Never Judge A Book By Its Movie Tote


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Shelf-ish Mug


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**See more Cool Stuff for Writers & Readers here


Quotes for Writers:


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Infographics: 


7 Science-Backed Ways Reading Makes You Healthy


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June 12, 2018

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 recent YA contemporary for Imprint, Broken Beautiful Hearts. Here’s a look at some of the images that inspired me this week.


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You can find out more about Broken Beautiful Hearts — out now! — and order your copy here.


If you missed What’s on My Inspiration Board #83, you can see it here.


*Images from Pinterest


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June 7, 2018

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:


Increase Your Story’s Tension


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A Good Scene Includes…


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Books for Writers:


Between the Lines  by Jessica Page Morrell


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**See more Craft and Reference Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


Once Upon A Time Book Dress


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Literary Clutch


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Quotes for Writers:


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**See more Quotes for Writers & Readers here


Infographics: 


Alice in Wonderland  Infographic


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June 6, 2018

Unless you’re like Ethan’s mom in Beautiful Creatures – who uses just about anything to mark her place in a book, from a spare sock to a dirty spoon – you probably find yourself in need of a new bookmark from time to time.


I fell down the Etsy rabbit hole again recently when I was supposed to be writing taking a well-earned break from my upcoming Teen Titans project with DC Ink to check out all of the cool bookmarks out there. Okay, not all of them – because there are a ton of awesome ones. But I did want to share some of my favorites with all of you.


Check them out below:


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Avocado & Sushi

Harry Potter

– Outlander‘s Claire & Jamie

Brass Feathers

Reading is Fundamental

A Well-Read Woman is a Dangerous Creature

Wicked Witch of the West

Grumpy Cat


Which one is your favorite? What kind of bookmark are you using right now? Let me know in the comments.


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April 27, 2018

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:


Dropping Clues & Hiding Hints Like J.K. Rowling


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The 6 Must-Have Elements of a “Wow” Story Premise


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Books for Writers:


The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins


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**See more Craft and Reference Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


“I Read Past My Bedtime” Pillow


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Book Worms


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Quotes for Writers:


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**See more Quotes for Writers & Readers here


Infographics: 


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April 26, 2018

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 new YA contemporary for Imprint, Broken Beautiful Hearts. Here’s a look at some of the images that inspired me this week.


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You can find out more about Broken Beautiful Hearts — out now! — and order your copy here.


If you missed What’s on My Inspiration Board #82, you can see it here.


*Images from Pinterest


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April 20, 2018

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:


Choosing a Worthy Goal for Your Protagonist


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How to Write a Climactic Sequence


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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 Craft and Reference Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


Book Dragon Mug


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Books & Tea Spoon


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**See more Cool Stuff for Writers & Readers here


Quotes for Writers:


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Infographics: 


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April 6, 2018

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:


Write When Nobody is Watching


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These 6 Common Excuses Will Stop You from Writing


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Books for Writers:


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  by Elizabeth Gilbert


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**See more Craft and Reference Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


“Books Are Better” Bookmark


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Slytherin Print


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Quotes for Writers:


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**See more Quotes for Writers & Readers here


Infographics: 


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March 29, 2018

The only thing better than loving books (and carrying them around with you) is showing your love on your sleeve. Or jacket. Or bag. Or anywhere else you want to put one of these awesome enamel pins.


I came across some pins online and quickly found that there are so many cool ones out there. From pins that celebrate libraries and reading in general to fandom ones covering Harry Potter and The Handmaid’s Tale, you could wear a new one every day and never run out of choices.


Here are a few of my current favorites:


enamel pins for book lovers



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– Wingardium Leviosa


Which ones are going on your wishlist? Do you have any other pins that I should check out? Let me know in the comments.


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March 22, 2018

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:


10 Tips to Write Better, Faster, & with Insight


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16 Tips from Famous Authors for Writing Better Poetry


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Books for Writers:


Write Away  by Elizabeth George


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**See more Craft and Reference Books for Writers here


Cool Stuff for Writers:


Bookish T-Shirt


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Writer’s Block Candle


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**See more Cool Stuff for Writers and Readers here


Quotes for Writers:


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Infographics: 


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