Monthly Archives: March 2013

Guest Post: Shayda Bakhshi: Reading As Therapy

I think there comes a time in every readers life when we are burned out on books. It is rare and traumatic but it does happen. Perhaps, like me,  you’ve just finished an MFA degree and have spent the past … Continue reading

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Three Act Structure: A Pair of Spanx for Your Novel

Originally posted on Ingrid's Notes:
By Sheryl Scarborough If the writer’s closet of useful tools could be likened to Carrie Bradshaw’s fabu walk-in,  masterful accessories such as simile and metaphor would equate to exquisite Louboutin’s and Jimmy Choo’s footwear……

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Creating Emotion Within Dialogue

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By Jeff Schill I love dialogue. To me, a story is all about the characters.  And I especially enjoy when these characters interact with one other.  But at the same time, dialogue can fall…

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You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You: Feminism and the YA Romance

Originally posted on Ingrid's Notes:
by Rachel Lieberman I write YA, and I often ask myself, “Does my writing promote good messages to teen girls?” Now, don’t get me wrong. Stories that preach = BIG FAT NO. Making your…

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Engaging the Heart: Poetic Tools for Writing Emotion (Part 1)

Originally posted on Ingrid's Notes:
by Jen Bailey As writers who are true to our characters, we allow them to express themselves as they are able. We typically rely on actions, dialogue, physical reactions, and thoughts to do this,…

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Brooding Boys and Loyal Lovers: The Perfect Man Archetype

Originally posted on Ingrid's Notes:
by Melanie Fishbane Over the last decade, lists, blog posts, and articles have surfaced online that speak to the first book crush. I was so curious about this, that I’ve spent the last two…

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A Review: Cori McCarthy’s The Color of Rain

Cori McCarthy’s The Color of Rain. Releasing May, 2013 The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Cori McCarthy’s first novel, The Color of Rain. It has … Continue reading

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