This is a guest post written by Shveta Thakrar The Debut Author Survival Guide is a series that explains everything that happens between selling your book to publication day in an attempt to demystify the process of publishing your first novel (through a traditional publishing lens). Go HERE to see the rest of the series!… Continue reading Debut Author Survival Guide #3: Copy Edits
The Debut Author Survival Guide is a series that explains everything that happens between selling your book to publication day in an attempt to demystify the process of publishing your first novel (through a traditional publishing lens). Go HERE to see the rest of the series! Ah, deadlines. Loathe them, love them, fear them, need them–once you… Continue reading Debut Author Survival Guide #2: Deadlines
In A World… is a series of posts about world building, where our contributors share strategies and tips for creating well-rounded worlds. World building is hard. Fantasy or contemporary, with multiple points of view or one, it’s not an easy task. Just check out the many other posts that are part of the “In A World..”… Continue reading In A World…: World Building in First Person
Writing a sequel is hard for many reasons. It is often the first book written under contract. There is a responsibility to build up the world and characters that readers have come to love and enjoy. And sometimes the first book has changed, which changes what a writer had originally planned for book 2! But… Continue reading Roundtable #16: Writing the Sequel
Let’s talk “quiet scenes.” What are they? How do you utilize them? How do you make sure they’re just as dynamic as scenes with lots of action? Come along as we discuss this roundtable style! Note: This post is done in a roundtable style where members of Writer’s Block Party discuss a topic together. QUESTION… Continue reading Roundtable #13: Quiet Scenes
This post is co-written by Ashley and guest writer, Janella Angeles, author of the forthcoming WHERE DREAMS DESCEND. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that writing is rewriting—but let’s not forget the other undeniable truth that follows: revising is also re-revising. Admittedly, some unicorns have the gift of being smooth, fast revisers and we HATE them (just… Continue reading When Revising is Revising is Revising…
We thought we’d do a post about how we intend to go into 2019. For many people that means resolutions, but we’re also adding our first reads. Because as writers we’re all huge readers too! So we all went around and answered the following 4 questions: What book we’re going to start off the new… Continue reading 2019 Resolutions & First Reads!
UPDATE: See ALL of our CP Match Ups HERE! Happy 2019! Hope you all had a great 2018! A great way to start a new year is to make new connections and move forward with your writing! We all met up through various CP match-up posts like the one hosted by the amazing Susan Dennard. So… Continue reading Critique Partner Match Up 2019!
Writing takes a lot of perseverance. Sticking with a story until the end, juggling revisions on top of daily life, sending query letter after query letter, managing rejections…until finally the perseverance pays off. It’s always easier to give-up, to just say “I’ll get ‘em next time.” But we know of so many writers’ stories where… Continue reading Relaxing: Writer Edition
Recently I had a conversation with a fellow writer (hi Meg!) about how we’d both gone back and forth on whether our books worked better as YA or adult, and it got me thinking about how exactly those kinds of things are determined. There are lots of books on adult shelves I could easily see… Continue reading YA or Adult: Finding the Emotional Core of Your Book