Taken and Planning

July 26, 2013 Heather 1

While reading Erin Bowman’s debut novel Taken last week, I got to thinking about how writers of fantasy or dystopian worlds pre-plan. Do we start with the world and how it came to be or do we start with the premise and expand? Warning: I will be discussing the world within Taken and this does include some spoilers. Taken begins Read More

July 23, 2013 Heather 0

“Remember who you are. Remember what you do. You are a plain old working writer who tells stories. If you are published and read, that’s as much as you are entitled to. All the rest is window dressing.” – Lester del Rey, via terrybrooks.net

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The Writer’s Calling

July 18, 2013 Heather 2

Did you all hear that Harry Potter 8 will be out soon? It’s going to be written under the pseudonym J. K. Trolling. I’ll admit that isn’t mine; I got it from Trade Chat. Anyways. As a self-published, indie author I have been asked my opinion on the whole J. K. Rowling pseudonym situation. The short of it? It doesn’t Read More

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Writing Tips from Kinder Part 1: Excuses

January 20, 2013 Heather 2

Twenty-five percent of my Kindergarten class speaks English as a first language. The other twelve students speak another language at home and came in at varying degrees of speaking, from rough converstional to absolutely nothing. In the last six months, part of my job has been to teach them to write in English. Every thought is a struggle, every word Read More

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