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#PitchWars 2015 Mentee Bio

(Is my hair straight? Have I got anything in my teeth? Is this thing on? It's on. Crap.) Hello, Pitch Wars crew! All you amazing, lovely people making this contest possible. I'm a little terrified to be here but also ecstatic to try for a slot. A Little ...

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Seeking Critique Partners

This post is inspired by the #PitchWars mentors, who have said time and again that this contest is about community. Finding friends, CPs, commiserators, etc. And it occurred to me, "Why am I not talking DIRECTLY to the other wannabe mentees? We're hopping ...

Plot Points for Characters

Last week Writer Unboxed ran a piece called How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot by Cathy Yardley. While I was reading, something clicked in my brain.  The article is rather long, but the relevant part is under item 1. Apologies for such a long quote, but ...

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Alanna, Tamora and Me

When I made the transition from picture books to middle grade I devoured everything in my path. Amelia Bedelia. Mrs. Piggly-Wiggly. The Egypt Game. All of the American Girl series. Most of the Babysitters Club--we're talking twenty books at a time. I was ...

But, Therefore, Then – Plot Connectors

This is one of my favorite tidbits, made ever-cooler by its origin. It's a trick that comes from the writers of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. I first learned of it from the documentary about how an episode gets made, 6 Days to Air: The Making of ...

On Jon Stewart’s Leaving

Last night, on my way to watch the GOP debate (I'm a political junkie), I caught a snippet of Rachel Maddow. She was doing a segment on Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, talking about how culturally significant they've been. She said she believes they made ...