Writing Books with All Ages Appeal

The books we read and enjoy are presented to us in neat categories. Genres, topics, ages, places—they help us find the books we’re most likely to enjoy. The only downside to this feat of organization is the odd assumption that the stories we write need to have clear division from other categories, especially when it comes to the age of the reader.

Writing Books That Have All Ages Appeal

Now, there are plenty of books that are clearly for Adults Only or designed to keep 7-year-olds giggling, but I’m of the opinion that really great writing strives to be ageless. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.

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How To Use Writing Prompts During NaNoWriMo

Sprint timers and stats bars and word counts, oh my! It’s a whirlwind of activity as we kick off our first week of NaNoWriMo. Our minds are fresh, the excitement is contagious, and that leftover Trick or Treat candy is coming in handy.

How To Use Writing Prompts During NaNoWriMo

The greatest challenge of NaNoWriMo is keeping those word counts high, especially once we’ve run out of ideas. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite methods for sparking new inspiration, writing prompts!

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5 Tips for Attacking Your NaNoWriMo Project

NaNoWriMo is the ultimate challenge for a writer. It requires focus, endurance, and planning. To finish strong and come out as a winner is the ultimate prize, but forgetting the basics will leave you bleeding out on the battlefield before the halfway point.

5 Tips for Attacking Your NaNoWriMo Project

To help you set up for a successful November, I’m here with a little Preptober pep talk that will have you raring to go November 1, well equipped for the mushy middle, and primed for victory.

 

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5 Helpful Ways to Keep a To Do List

I didn’t always love lists. I rebelled against them for a time, convinced that, with creativity on my side, I didn’t need something ordinary and boring like organization. Strangely enough, I am a very organized person, so this little rebellious phase didn’t last too long.

5 Helpful Ways to Keep a To Do List

Lists are now one of my most-utilized tools for absolutely everything, and in the spirit of sharing resources, I’ve decided to give you the inside scoop on how to make your To Do lists work for you.

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Pantser Appreciation

If you rebel against the kind of writing that requires planning ahead, plotting a course, and preparing each chapter and scene, you’re not alone. We are Pantsers; proud of our discoveries, unafraid of mistakes, and free to write whatever pops into our head.

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As a fellow Pantser, I’ve collected some affirmations and insights that might help sharpen your understanding of our oft-eccentric creative process.

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Your Writing Strengths and Weaknesses According to Your Hogwarts House

Writers know casting a spell over readers requires the right words, a dash of wit, a winsome cast, and a wealth of imagination. In short, writing takes a bit of magic. Collectively, we share many of the same highs and lows when it comes to mastering the craft and creating a book.

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However, as individuals, our writing is as unique and personal as our Patronus. The Struggle™ for one writer is a non-issue for another–my enjoyable creative exercise may be your own personal Dementor. Today, I’ll be sharing some writerly strengths and weaknesses you might experience based on your Hogwarts house.

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