We’re so incredibly excited to feature our very own Amanda Foody for today’s Author Spotlight to celebrate the release of her debut middle grade novel, The Accidental Apprentice, Book One in the Wilderlore series!! AXIE: Give us a quick pitch for Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice! What can we expect to find in this book? FOODY: Wilderlore follows… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Amanda Foody and Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice!
As a mostly pantser who desperately wanted to be a plotter, outlines have long been my nemesis. I was so envious of people who would just know a whole story upfront without going through the trouble of writing the whole thing wrong multiple times. But after nearly 5 years of warring with outlines, I finally… Continue reading Outlines Are Lighthouses, Not Destinations
We’re so excited to be featuring a friend of the blog on our Author Spotlight series: Tara Sim! Happy release day to you, Tara and your newest book Ravage the Dark the sequel to Scavenge the Stars, your dark, gender-bent retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. KAT: Tara! So excited to be talking with… Continue reading Author Spotlight: Tara Sim
In the grand tradition of Writer’s Block Party, this week’s post is about a topic that I’m in the midst of trying to master for myself. And what better way to think through a writing concept than to write about it? We have talked a lot about plotting before–what is plot, how we structure it,… Continue reading Writing Subplots
Writing one book is a daunting endeavor, let alone an entire series. And after spending months or years putting the finishing touches on one novel, the prospect of plotting out another can often seem overwhelming, especially if you aren’t much of a plotter to begin with. I’ve published a trilogy, and I’m in the midst… Continue reading How much do you have to know about your sequel ahead of time?
Since February is Black History Month, I want to recommend a handful of books to pick up, if you haven’t already, that are rooted in a historical event or history. If you’re looking to tie in a historical event into your novel or interested in writing historical fiction, these titles are great entry points for… Continue reading Book Recommendations for Black History Month!
Beginnings are hard because there are so many elements to introduce. You have to consider character dynamics, point of view, pacing, world building, voice, narrative flow–and it’s incredibly hard to figure out how to balance all those aspects in a cohesive, clear, and engaging manner. While there’s no easy formula to crafting the perfect beginning,… Continue reading 3 Questions To Ask Yourself For A Stronger First Chapter
The easiest resolution to make is to finish the books I have under contract. I also want to use this year “off” (e.g. I don’t have any books coming out in 2021) to really work on my craft and get back into the joy of writing again. I want to work on places where I… Continue reading Happy New Year 2021!
For this week’s post, I wanted to talk a little bit about everyone’s favorite feel-good show–Queer Eye. Specifically, I wanted to dig into why Queer Eye is so successful, and what that can teach us about the art of storytelling. If you haven’t seen the show, the basic premise is this: every episode, the “Fab… Continue reading What Queer Eye Teaches Us About Storytelling
We did it, we survived 2020! So, let’s try to start 2021 with some positivity, new connections, and writing! The best way to be a good writer is to…well it’s to write. Second best way (that we know of) is to make new connections/writer friends! We all met up through various Critique Partner (CP) match-up posts like the one… Continue reading Critique Partner Match Up 2021!