36 Ways To Have A More Bookish Fall

How many fun bookish things did you take on this summer? After rounding up 33 ways to make your summer a little more literary, I couldn’t help but think about how fall — the beautiful time of year when everything feels so crisp, so ripe, smells delicious, and holds the promise of the Best Spooky Holiday Ever — is another opportunity to take one’s reading life through more fun adventures.

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Some really pretty advice for the coming season!

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36 Ways To Have A More Bookish Fall

Fact and Fiction: Understanding the place of research in genre fiction

We often think of fiction as the exception to fact and reality – but how true is this? Should fiction be exempt from reality?

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How to Come up with Diverse Protagonists

A couple years ago I wrote a post titled What to do When All Your Characters are White. I liked it, but in retrospect, it describes short-term solution. Panicking about representation partway throu…

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Great tips on racially diversifying your cast of characters that can be used to diversify in other ways.

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To the Writer Who Can’t Seem to Write

Cleaning out my digital folders while avoiding writing (ahem!) I found a letter I had written to myself during another season when I was struggling to write. I shaped it up a  bit and thought I wou…

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Some inspiration for all those writers who are struggling with their writing (ex., me).

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So You Want to be a Creepy Writer…

I don’t mean the type of writer that sits in the corner at parties and writes secret character sketches for every person in the room. (Actually, who am I kidding? We’re all that type of writer. Inn…

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Some advice on how to add ‘spook’ to your writing! I really don’t like horror/suspense movies, mostly because a) I startle easy and there are too many jump scares in this genre, and b) I get nightmares so easily that it’s ridiculous. But despite that, I know how horror/thriller/suspense relies heavily on the visualization of whatever freakiness has been introduced so I couldn’t imagine how writers translate this into words. Advice like this helps me learn how authors manage to do it and maybe introduce some of my own brand to my writing, even if my novels aren’t even in the realm of horror.

So You Want to be a Creepy Writer…

I Am What I Read: 5 Ways to Nurture Reading Identity by Paula Bourque — Nerdy Book Club

Over the past few years as a K-8 literacy coach I’ve worked with students to help them create and connect with their writing identities. I wanted them to live “writerly” lives and explore what it meant to be a writer. I wrote a book about that exploration (Close Writing). I know, as writers we […]

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A great article if you are a teacher of elementary or middle school students, or if you work with students in some way!

I Am What I Read: 5 Ways to Nurture Reading Identity by Paula Bourque — Nerdy Book Club

Should You Rewrite Your Novel?

Last year, I finally finished writing a novel I had been working on for almost three years. During that process, I scrapped everything I had already written and started over. That first completed rough draft has been sitting in a folder on my computer ever since. Since the day I finished writing it, I have not looked at it once.

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Some questions to ask yourself before you decide to re-write a story! I’m re-writing my NaNoWriMo story after reaching a dead end, so I’m taking my time with the outline while trying to outline another story.

Should You Rewrite Your Novel?