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
Some writers listen to nothing as they work on their books, and others will go from one album to the next. Here at Writer’s Block Party we’ve got no music, sometimes music, and always music writers. For the end of May, we’ve got some of music recommendations based on what we’ve been listening to as… Continue reading What We’re Listening To: May Edition
There is a common refrain out there, in every corner of the internet, on panels and interviews galore, where authors talk about how hard it is to write their second published book. It’s so common, in fact, that it has a variety of names–the sophomore slump, second book syndrome, the tenth circle of hell, etc… Continue reading Why is it So Hard to Write a Second Published Book? Reflections on the Sophomore Slump
In A World… is a series of posts about world building, where our contributors share strategies and tips for creating well-rounded worlds. In my opinion, world-building in a fantasy book is broken into two main categories: 1) the setting, and 2) the magic system. For as much as we love magic, it’s not a topic… Continue reading In A World: A Pondering of Magic Systems
We’re at the time in the year where if you’re in school you can taste summer in the air. It’s May and that means a lot of high school and college students are finished in a few weeks and free for the summer. As a former graduate student, I remember this time well. I had… Continue reading Writer Inspiration: Music
I’ve always been the type of media consumer who loved a romantic subplot. I adored it in TV shows and always craved more in books when I was a teenager. There was always something so magical about the tension between two characters—that push and pull before ah, yes! The long awaited kiss (and I would… Continue reading UST A Little More Tension
My favorite types of characters are the ones who stir the pot and make things interesting. Take for example, Blair Waldorf from GOSSIP GIRL: she always had a new scheme up her sleeve that’s either going to benefit herself, her friends, or take someone down. (Eat dust Little J.) I think a lot of us… Continue reading Acing Grey Characters