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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Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places Where do story ideas come from? I just finished editing my novel last week which I’m super excited about. It's a young adult speculative thriller set in the late 21st century at an orphanage where things are not what they seem. I’m sad that the story is over, but now I’m getting the nagging feeling that the building in my story wants another role. That got me thinking about ideas for a sequel, a story spookier than this thriller. So, yesterday afternoon, I turned to a book on haunted buildings and other places called Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones. I’ve had this book on my shelves for the last fifteen years, but I never really gave it more than a quick look-through. (It’s safe to say I have a book addiction. Have I read all the books on my shelves? Ah, nope. But I’m working on it! :)) Anyway, I don’t have any solid ideas...
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Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter - November 2017 Feature Article - Get Inspired! Do you struggle with feeling inspired? Are you frustrated because you can’t seem to think of anything interesting or creative to write about? Finding inspiration depends on you. Before you get discouraged, let me explain. We can find inspiration just about anywhere. Ideas are right there waiting for us to acknowledge them. But if we look around and we don’t feel inspired, there’s a good chance our frustration is keeping us from seeing the ideas around us. Maybe we have judgments about where we live or the jobs we have. Maybe we feel exhausted because we’ve spread ourselves too thin. Maybe we’re frustrated because we’re not able to spend the time we want on writing. Whatever it is, it’s causing a block if we fail to feel inspired despite our efforts. The thing about inspiration is that it can come to us at different times. Maybe one day we watch a movie that we fall in...
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