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Writers who explain too much

December 18, 2014

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Send the girlsDo you explain too much?

We read to experience another world and another life. We read to fall into a world. Excessive explanation takes us out of that experience and talks at us rather than guides us through a fantastic journey. If we wanted a lecture, we wouldn’t have sat in the back of the dark lecture hall either nodding off, or reading a novel, that if well written, was the polar opposite of the boring telling lecture taking place at the front of the class.

As Elmore Leonard commented: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

In the opening of my second Future Girls book, Future Gold, I agonized over how to get the heroine, Jordan, from her time (2145) back in time (1861). I wanted to explain why she was in the Duck and Screw. I wanted to give the reader Jordan’s backRead More

We Interrupt Future Girls

November 12, 2014

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Just interrupting all the Future Girls interviews with this great info graphic in the service of NaNoWriMo.

Are you working on your book this month?  I’m actually working hard on Future Run, the third book in the Future Girls series. It’s messy, awkward and very little is spelled correctly but it’s so much fun to rack up that word count!

Check it out here – and back to Future Girls next week.

NaNoWriMo info graphic

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Episode 150 – “Who Need’s A Holiday”

October 31, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest author: Ellen Sussman

Visit my website: ellensussman.com  

October 24, 2014

Author, teacher and recently just finished her book tour which is what I’m interested in learning more about.




This seminar is for students who are ready to begin writing a novel or who have hit some roadblocks along the way. It would also help the student who has a fledgling idea for a novel and doesn’t know how to develop it.

 In this workshop, we will tackle essential novel-writing questions including:

Is my novel idea big enough? Is it interesting enough? How much do I need to plan before I begin writing? What point of view should I use for this novel?

Are my characters well-developed? Do I know who they are andRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 19, 2014

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6. Where the Real Work Starts

So, you’ve written a novel, worked through cover art, edits, proofing, publication; had an awesome party to launch it into the world. Job done, right? Wrong.

This is where the work really starts. You may have written the best book in the world, enjoyed thoroughly by friends and family, but unless it is supported by an ongoing promotional campaign, you won’t sell more than a couple of hundred copies at best.

Whichever route you take to publish your work, it will require a great deal of elbow grease to get out there and publicise it. Hopefully, you will already have a social media platform: Facebook page, Twitter, website and write a regular blog in order to draw readers’ attention to your work. As my first book was published in the US, and I’m in theRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 14, 2014

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  1. Still a Newbie?

If you’ve been around for a while, you might remember my first round of Diary of a Newbie Novelist posts when I blogged here about the ups and downs of bringing my debut novel, which was eventually published by Rainstorm Press in February 2012, to publication. Having been a member of Newbie Writers since 2007 when I started my very first creative writing course with the Writers Bureau, it seemed a fitting place for me to come back and share my experiences.

So, with one book already published, am I still a Newbie?

Hmmm. Interesting question. Yes, I’ve learnt a huge amount over the past years. I’ve gone from a writer that shied away from social media to embracing Twitter, Facebook, having a website designed and writing a regular blog. But am I any wiser?

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Episode 137 – What Not To Write And Tips!

June 24, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Courtney Killian

Courtney KillianAbout Me (From Courtney’s Website)

I am a 19-year-old college student planning on getting a degree in elementary education. I’m starting this blog to get my dead pieces out and send out writing tips. I may also blog the first draft of my first full-length novel. I am currently unpublished, but I have a dream of becoming published. With a lot of work, I’ll become a small town girl that achieves a crazy big dream.

Courtney is a regular contributor to our show having revitalised our ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ segment. She also sends in responses to our prompts that are posted each week. Below is the most recent one from a few shows ago. Make sure you check out Courtney’s website: http://whatnottowriteandwritingtips.wordpress.com/

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Jack London – Author/Adventurer

June 19, 2014

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I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

I just finished reading Early Labor’s Jack London.  And since I live close by, I took a pilgrimage to London’s home and grave in Jack London State Park.

Jack London was a self- made man, an adventurer to be sure, and he started young and ended young.  And he was a brilliant writer with many of his works – like Martin Eden, Valley of the Moon, and The Little Lady of the Big House, autobiographical.

He was considered a “man’s man” and promoted that image because it aligned with his articles and books of adventure both in Alaska – White Fang and The Call of the Wild, and in the South Pacific , The Cruise of the Snark and South Sea tales.

His own relentless self Read More

Episode 136 – “Conference Wi-Fi Rocks!”

June 16, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guests: Kira Budge and Julia Byers

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The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is just what it sounds like: a writing conference for young writers.

Founded in 2012, the first conference took place in Chicago with six teenagers in attendance in person and countless others attending via an online live stream. It was an experiment limited to members of the Scholastic’s Write It community and their friends: Could a group of teenagers from across North America really get together and run their own conference? Like, with worthwhile and informative presentations, and networking, and all the cool stuff of a writing conference for adults?

The answer soon became apparent: Yes.

And so the Chapter One Young Writers Conference was born.

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New Facts

May 28, 2014

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I was wrong.  All this time I thought that at the tender age of five, I wrote a story about the boy and the lion. when in reality I  dictated and illustrated the story when I was three.  And disappointingly, even though the  legend clearly states that the lion ate the boy in the end – sadly, it only roared.

A very Katy Perry moment.

The legend is more interesting.  If the lion ate the boy, then it was a murder and that’s what I write, so that feeds into my legend.  Discovering that the boy is NOT eaten in the end was disappointing to say the least.  All this time my memory was of the lion eating the boy, which legitimately questions what exactly was I watching and reading when I was three.


We automatically choose what we promote and what we hide.  It’s human nature and ofRead More

Episode 126 – “Ed Lazellari And The Lost Prince”

March 29, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

 Special Guest: Ed Lazellari

From http://www.edwardlazellari.com

Edward Lazellari was born in New York City in 1965. The child of Italian and Albanian parents, he began writing in the early 1990s while employed as an artist at Marvel Comics. After years working as an illustrator, he returned to college to earn his BA in English literature from Rutgers University, with a concentration in creative writing.

Edward won Playboy magazine’s prestigious short fiction contest in 1999, and his story, “The Date” was published in the October issue. This was his first paycheck for prose and a big boost toward finishing his first novel, “Awakenings,” which he had begun before going back to school. He graduated with highest honors in 1999 and began working as anRead More