Respect Your Dream… Again?
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by Jill Williamson
1w ago
Many of you have likely heard my publication story, how the first time I pitched my book, I bombed big time? The speaker had just taught how to write a logline, and I ignored everything he said. If that wasn’t bad enough, I was pitching him a book that wasn’t complete. In my head, it was amazing and worth a million dollar advance. In reality, it was worth nothing. Because it wasn’t even finished! I was living in a dream world, and when that agent rejected me, reality came crashing down hard. I was crushed. But when I got over the initial shock, I realized that I hadn’t respected my dream of pu ..read more
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Highlights on Go Teen Writers From 2022
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by Stephanie Morrill
1M ago
We are enjoying holiday festivities and will be back next week! In the meantime, here are some of our favorite posts from 2022! In Development: In this post, Jill talks about her newfound strategies for dealing with the abundance of story ideas she has. Understanding What’s Behind Your Characters’ Decisions In Defense of The Chosen One: Shannon talks about this archetype and why it can work Six Ways I Take Care Of Myself As A Writer Six Things I Learned While Writing A Novel in 2 Months: A wonderful guest post from community member Colin Cannici How To Use Character Descriptions To Anchor A L ..read more
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REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL Comes to Go Teen Writers
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by Shannon Dittemore
1M ago
Hello all! Shannon here with a special invitation. To celebrate the release of my newest book, REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL, Steph, Jill, and I are going to throw an online celebration, and we wanted to invite the Go Teen Writers crowd first! The evening will include some fun behind the scenes details about REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL, and a live Q&A about all things writerly and bookish. To keep the group a manageable size, and to ensure we can interact in a meaningful way, we’ll be sending login details to anyone who purchases a copy of REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL and submits their receipt to our ema ..read more
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REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL Comes to Go Teen Writers
Go Teen Writers
by Shannon Dittemore
1M ago
Hello all! Shannon here with a special invitation. To celebrate the release of my newest book, REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL, Steph, Jill, and I are going to throw an online celebration, and we wanted to invite the Go Teen Writers crowd first! The evening will include some fun behind the scenes details about REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL, and a live Q&A about all things writerly and bookish. To keep the group a manageable size, and to ensure we can interact in a meaningful way, we’ll be sending login details to anyone who purchases a copy of REBEL, BRAVE AND BRUTAL and submits their receipt to our ema ..read more
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Are You Actively Practicing Writing?
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by Stephanie Morrill
1M ago
I read a story in Atomic Habits by James Clear that changed how I think about writing. A professor at the University of Florida named Jerry Uelsmann divided his photography class into two groups. Half the class would be graded on how many photographs they turned in. All this “quantity group” had to do to get a good grade was take and develop a lot of photographs. The other half would be graded only on the quality of their work. The “quality group” only had to turn in one photograph that semester, but to get an A, it had to be nearly perfect. “At the end of the term, he was surprised to find ..read more
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Writing Mistakes I’ve Made So You Don’t Have To: Obsessively Rewriting First Chapters
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by Stephanie Morrill
2M ago
(A version of this post was originally published October 9, 2017) I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to talking about my mistakes.  What I don’t love: The vulnerability. I’ve taught classes based on my writing mistakes, which seems like a fabulous idea until I start rehearsing. Spending so much time focused on the many, many mistakes I’ve made over the years can definitely leave me feeling deeply insecure and inadequate. Things I love: The hope that I feel when I share mistakes. Not only do I see how I’ve grown as a writer, but I feel hopeful that I can either prevent writer ..read more
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Take Time To Be Thankful
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by Stephanie Morrill
2M ago
It’s Thanksgiving season here in America. As cliche as it may sound, one of my favorite things we do at our Thanksgiving table is share something from the last year that we’re thankful for. (I especially love hearing what my kids say. My older two understand the spirit of the conversation and share something meaningful. My seven-year-old is more likely to say he’s thankful for his new armor in Minecraft.) If you’re like me, you tend to spend a lot of time thinking about what you would like to have happen with your writing. I’d like to be published, I’d like to finish my manuscript, I’d like to ..read more
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Geography for World-Building, Part Two: Climate, Weather, and Biomes
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by Jill Williamson
2M ago
Last week you designed a map. You considered the placement of plate tectonics and added mountains to your landscape. Today we’re going to talk about how to decide where to put forests, lakes, and rivers and how those decisions will help you know what types of plants and animals exist in different places on your map. Climate Zones and Weather We’re going to start with climate and weather, since this greatly affects what is able to live where. What different temperature zones do you want in your world? Hot and cold regions will influence the biomes in your land, which will influence the physical ..read more
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The Five Elements of Fiction: Character
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by Shannon Dittemore
2M ago
Today we’re jumping back into our series on The Five Elements of Fiction with some thoughts on Character. Previous posts in this series include: The Five Elements of Fiction The Five Elements of Fiction: Style Today, it’s all about Character! That’s why we read, isn’t it? To climb inside someone else’s story, to live a different life, if just for a while. The books that transport me most completely, are often the ones that feature the most memorable characters. I want to talk about why that is, and how we can create such characters when we write. There are many ways to categorize the character ..read more
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Creative Alternatives For Said—Why You DON’T Need Them
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by Stephanie Morrill
3M ago
Occasionally I see those word lists on Pinterest, Instagram, or even educational sites geared toward teachers or young writers: “Creative words to use instead of said.” On the list are words like exclaimed, retorted, jeered, and other jazzy words. I understand why it seems like this list would be helpful. Shouldn’t we always be looking for creative word choices? Isn’t expanding the vocabulary we use a good thing? Yes, typically. But said is an exception. Before I talk about why, I’ll say this: If you are writing stories just for yourself, and you like these creative alternatives to said, use ..read more
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