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How To: Writing Characters With Disabilities by Dannie Morin

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in How To, Writing | 0 comments

How To: Writing Characters With Disabilities by Dannie Morin

I wrote IMPERFECTLY FINE, the novel that landed me my agent when I got tired of reading books about people with disabilities and thinking to myself “they’re doing it wrong.” Not because their intentions weren’t good or because they were offensive. But because, as a person who lives with a couple “invisible” disabilities and who has been advocating for teens with disabilities, I think my perspective of why we should be writing these characters might be different from a lot of other writers. So when Jolene asked me to contribute to this month’s...

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How To Make Fairy Tales Your Own by Jessica Grey

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in How To, Writing | 4 comments

How To Make Fairy Tales Your Own by Jessica Grey

When Kristen first asked me to write a guest post about adapting classic fairy tales I responded with “I’d totally love to do that, I write posts on that ALL THE TIME.” Then I sat down to write this post and I thought, “Holy crap, what am I doing? I write posts on this ALL THE TIME! Do I have anything new or original (or even old and unoriginal) left to say on the subject?” The thing is, I love fairy tale adaptations, I love reading them, watching them, and writing them. Am I going to always have some new, fabulous advice on adapting a...

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How to Write Compelling Dying Scenes by Rachel O’Laughlin

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in How To, Writing | 3 comments

How to Write Compelling Dying Scenes by Rachel O’Laughlin

I have a special place in my heart for dying scenes. Ever since I was a kid, I remember judging characters on whether or not they died well. Silly, in some ways. But now that I write epic fantasy, dying scenes mean even more to me. They’re often the reason a story succeeds or fails to communicate the emotion the author intended. It can be the difference between Leonidas tossing a man down a well, causing the entire theater to erupt in laughter, and Maximus slowly bleeding out next to a dead Commodus. The line between melodrama and a...

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Review: Untamed by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Reading, Romance | 0 comments

Review: Untamed by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green

I was delighted when I caught wind of The Brothers  Wilde series from Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green. What is The Brothers Wilde series? It’s a collection of four different stories, told through episodic novellas, kind of similar to watching an episode of your favorite show on television. In fact, Jinsey did an excellent blog post about the series that explains more here. But the quick and dirty of it is that there are several Wilde children that we get to meet. In fact, here’s the list (pictures courtesy of Jinsey Reese and...

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How do you have a rocking author blog tour?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Marketing and Branding, Writing | 0 comments

How do you have a rocking author blog tour?

You wrote a book. You’re ready to promote your book. But, how do you make your promotions rise above the rest? How do you shine in a crowd? One easy answer: a fun blog tour!   How to Plan a Rockin’ Blog Tour   Think specifics. What makes your book unique? How can you showcase this? How can you pique interest into your characters or settings before we even read the book? One suggestion we used for Jamie Grey’s ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE was a look into the main character’s backpack. She’s a high school...

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wasteland by C. Elizabeth Vescio

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Cara Elizabeth, Reading, Waiting on Wednesday | 1 comment

Waiting on Wednesday: Wasteland by C. Elizabeth Vescio

I love the Wasted series by C. Elizabeth Vescio. So imagine my delight when she told me she was releasing a compilation book of beginnings. Finally, readers can see a glimpse into the past of the best, brightest, and most dangerous of Osiris agents. I loved the book series so much that I was even able to help pick the tagline of Wasteland, which is, “Survival Not Guaranteed.” It’s perfect! Wasteland follows the release of Elegantly Wasted (book #1) and Uncontrollably Wasted (book #2). Check out Wasteland!   About...

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Meet Your MC: Becoming BFFS With Your Main Character

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

Meet Your MC: Becoming BFFS With Your Main Character

I was having a chat with a friend the other night who was a little too friendly with the author’s main nemesis: writer’s block. After a few moments I realized writer’s block wasn’t the real issue. The real issue was that his characters were playing coy – and why wouldn’t they? You wouldn’t tell your lifestory to someone you just met, would you? No? Why would you expect your characters to?   So, how do you get up close and personal with the voice for your story?   Give them a face. If you...

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Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWriMo

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

Freebie Friday: Camp NaNoWriMo

A few days ago Muse KJ did a post about Camp NaNoWriMo. She explained why you should NaNo and how it can help you with future writing. What is Camp NaNoWriMo? It’s just like regular NaNoWriMo (where you try to write a whole novel in a month), but it’s not in November. There are two sessions. I’m actually participating in the April session, with a brand new idea about a roadtrip. In case you want to add me, you can find me here. There are some awesome NaNoWriMo freebies out there, so I wanted to share some of them with you in...

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Editor’s Rx Grand Opening + Giveaway!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Editor’s Rx Grand Opening + Giveaway!

Muse Jessi has been a part of a freelance editorial services, and Editor’s Rx is open for business! They offer critiquing services for writers who want to go traditional, self, and/or indie publishing. To celebrate this occasion, they’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a free Submissions package edit! Which means: Query Synopsis And the first 10 pages of your manuscript to be critiqued! The rafflecopter link is available here. Sign up and check it...

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Ask the Muses: Our Advice for Self Publishing / Indie Publishing

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Faith McKay, Jen Meyers, Leigh Ann Kopans, Map to Self Publishing, Publishing, Rebekah Crane, Writing | 0 comments

Ask the Muses: Our Advice for Self Publishing / Indie Publishing

Ever wish you could get the advice of several authors at once? We’re making it easier for you with our Ask the Muses feature. Have a question for the muses? Send it in through our contact info, ask on our Facebook page, or tweet it with the tag #AskTheMuses!   What is the number one tip you’d give to someone considering self-publishing/ indie-publishing?   Do what you want to do, and figure out what that is. Remind yourself of your goal everyday. If offered a list of achievements, like NYT bestseller stardom, of course...

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