What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream?

What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream?

What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream? It's been a lifelong dream of mine to write novels. Ever since I watched my sister brainstorm story ideas when I was a young girl, I've wanted to write. Every year, I dabbled in story and novel writing, sometimes writing crummy but complete first drafts and more often than not writing incomplete manuscripts. Aside from them being incomplete, I had no idea where to begin editing them – they needed so much work. But in late 2016, I started getting serious about studying and practicing the craft of writing. I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old, and I started writing and editing professionally in 2008. But it really wasn’t until I devoted time and effort to honing my novel writing skills that I started seeing drastic improvements in my abilities. That’s not to say my writing is perfect. It’s not. I need to keep developing my skills. But I’ve gotten...
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The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres

The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres

The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres Writing can take us anywhere we want to go. The fun part about writing is that it allows us to explore other worlds. It allows us to study human behavior and the human mind. To get into the minds of our characters and figure out what makes them tick, what keeps them up at night, and what goals they're desperate to achieve and why. But it gets really fun when we try out other genres and explore new topics. I write a variety of genres for nearly the full spectrum of age groups, from middle-grade fiction for ages 9 to 12 to young adult for teenagers (and other YA fans) to adult fiction. And from literary and contemporary coming-of-age stories to speculative science fiction and psychological thrillers. When I started writing as a kid, naturally I wrote about kids and I always thought I'd write for children and teenagers. But then I reached my...
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One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius

One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius

One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius Are you ready to tap into your creative genius and get more writing done? Would you like to sit down to write and be rewarded with a fountain of ideas that never runs dry? Many writers, especially aspiring writers, are afraid they’re not creative enough to write a novel. They think that if they were meant to write, they’d have ideas coming out of their ears and that they’d be able to write easily and effortlessly. The writing would flow. And the ideas would keep coming in one after another. Because of this belief, many of these writers don’t even try. Or they do try it out, discover it’s a lot harder than they thought, and then give it up. If a writer thinks he’s not creative enough, he may be right. But he’s only taking into account his current abilities. He may not feel creative today, but if he devotes time to it, he’ll...
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