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How to Avoid Freaking Out During NaNoWriMo

By Michael Stanton Ah, fall…my favorite season. It is around this time each year that I find myself participating in a few of the essential autumn activities—apple picking, pumpkin carving, and freaking out because I am not ready for NaNoWriMo! In all likelihood, you have also participated in one or more of these activities yourself, […]


Questions to Consider Before Killing Off a Character

By Hope Ann As writers, we are sometimes accused of gloating or chuckling evilly to ourselves in dark castles over the sorrow we cause readers when we kill favorite characters. I won’t confirm or deny that, but I will say that writers who reap tears from readers will feel the deep satisfaction of a job […]


Three Types of Foreshadowing

By Hope Ann There are three kinds of foreshadowing. There’s covert foreshadowing, where the shadow doesn’t appear clearly until the light of past events illuminates the hidden clues. There’s overt foreshadowing, which streams before the event, giving hints but veiling the true shape of what will occur. Then there’s event foreshadowing, spreading the scenario like […]

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Character Types: The Comic Relief

You know that side-kick character that’s supposed to be funny but really isn’t? Yeah, we know about that character too. And we dedicated a whole video to talk about how to do a comic relief character well without falling into that annoying stereotype. Buy our Swag! Previous Stereotypes: The Mentor The Damsel in Distress Josiah DeGraaf […]


Interview with Steve Laube on Publishing Part Three

In this last part of our interview with publisher and literary agent Steve Laube, we discuss what advice he has to give to younger writers, what his essential writing resources are, and more! If you haven’t seen the first two parts of the interview yet, check out Part One here and Part Two here before watching […]


Interview on Publishing with Steve Laube Part Two

In this second part of our interview with publisher and literary agent Steve Laube, we discuss what the publishing process looks like, what book deals and book negotiations look like, and what crazy stories he has to tell as a literary agent! If you haven’t already seen the first part of our interview, check it out […]

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By Greta Dornbirer On my thirteenth birthday I met my true love. I invited my entire class, maybe one hundred kids in all, to my birthday party. I thought it would be fun if everyone brought their favorite book to discuss. That was my mistake. The popular kids never read books—either they were too stupid […]


Blinded by Conviction

By Jackson Graham 1657 – Port Bristol, England “Those men attack ships and take their money—and kill the crew…” Jade dove behind the trunk, stopping his ears against the horror. These brutes killed sailors and innocents alike. He squeezed his eyes shut, willing himself to disappear. Minutes earlier, savage freebooters had barged into his family’s […]

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