2017 Writing Resolutions, by Chloe Harris
New Years’ resolutions. Turning a new leaf. A clean slate. A new start. A new me. And all the other cliché phrases you can tag onto that. And poor 2017 has a lot resting on her shoulders. Everyone has high hopes and expectations for 2017 seeing as though 2016 is still weeping in the corner, […]
XP Points or Death: Maturing Your YA Character., by Private: Megan O’Russell
I am admittedly new to the world of XP points. I didn’t even play Dungeons and Dragons for the first time until a few months ago when my friends, like so many others, decided we needed to learn how to play after watching Stranger Things. D&D is fun; you get to hang out with your […]
Leveling Up My Writing, by Jessamine Julian
It is often easier to close your eyes and dream than to open your eyes and make your dream a goal.  In dreams, you do not face the hardships or the realities of achievement.  In dreams, you simply have achieved it.  You aren’t forced to work.  You aren’t forced to sweat.  You aren’t forced to […]
Finding Time To Write With A New Baby – And Making My Writing Stronger Because Of It., by Private: Jordan Elizabeth
Diapers.  Sterilizing bottles (Okay, sterilizing everything).  Changing soiled clothes.  Welcome to my life as of October 2016. Before then, my life was quiet different, and my books reflected that.  For one thing, I dedicated at least one hour a night to writing and an hour to marketing.  (Writing?  Marketing?  What is that now?)  My settings […]
Why Distancing Yourself From Your Writing Is Such An Effective Tool For Improvement, by Private: Rand Lee
As a fiction writer, I use words to build bridges to my readers’ emotions and imaginations. My goal is to attract them to the characters and world I have created in my story, and keep them there until they have finished. Ideally, every word or phrase I choose in the course of writing my story […]
Parenthood as “Reverse Leveling Up.”, by Private: Matt Weber
I. 1980–2011 In role-playing games, challenges typically increase with your character’s capabilities. When you start, a pack of goblins is a mortal threat. As you advance through the levels, you become powerful enough to kill an army of goblins without suffering a scratch—but you’re no longer fighting goblins, you’re fighting dragons. A few months before […]
Building a Chain: The Joys of a Daily Writing Habit by: Samantha Bryant, by Private: Samantha Bryant
In the history of my writing life, beginning when I was a child and continuing until I was 42 years old, I started hundreds of projects and never finished one. I’d write until I hit something that stopped me (either within the story, or in my life)…then I’d give up. When I came back, I […]
W is for Wrestling: What I’ve learned about writing from watching WWE, by Clare Dugmore
Since my teens, I’ve been a big fan of WWE Wrestling, and no not just because of the hot guys in spandex (though it helps)! While I appreciate the athletic abilities of both the men and women that step into the ring, what I really love about wrestling – and what keeps me coming back […]
Upper Middle What Now?, by Nikki Tetreault
Any middle child will tell you how awkward it is to be in the middle. You aren’t the first or the baby, you get all of the hand-me-downs, and you seem to get lost in the mix a lot. The 12-14 year old reader group has become a sort of middle child in the children’s […]
Research Creep, by Nikki Tetreault
Readers and writers talk about world-building in books all the time, and the best world-building usually has the extremely realistic aspects woven into the story. This is common knowledge, what’s not common knowledge is how to dilute drugs for proper dosage, or successfully get away with murder. Which means that authors get up to some […]