3 Tips for Revising One Character At A Time

You’re probably thinking: Michelle, you already wrote this post. Well, halfway through the process I talked about how helpful it had been for me to focus on the boy POV in order to figure out his character arc. Now that I’ve finished both characters, I’ve pulled my thoughts together and have some specific tips on…

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YA Review: THE SHADOW CABINET by Maureen Johnson

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I posted a review. It’s not because I haven’t been reading any good books. I have. I just … haven’t been in a review mood? Mostly I’ve been so entrenched in revision mode that reviewing hasn’t broken through that focus–until now. So. THE SHADOW CABINET is…

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When You Have Two POVs, Who Is the MC?

For my non-writer friends who follow the blog or maybe even some newer writers: POV = point of view       MC = main character Now that we have that out of the way …. I read a post on Jami Gold’s blog earlier this week titled “Should Our Protagonist Be in the First Scene?” It was…

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Revising One Character At A Time–Plus A Giveaway!

Revision time!!! Yes, that does deserve multiple exclamation points because I love to revise. I let this manuscript sit the self-imposed month before even doing a read-through. What surprised me as I was reading was that the part of the manuscript I struggled with the most as I was drafting actually isn’t half-bad. However, there…

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It All Comes Down to Faith

Yesterday a missionary visited our church. I haven’t been able to shake his message for a number of reasons, and many of those are related to how he touched my heart in relation to my personal faith in Jesus, but bear with me because I am going to relate this to writing, too. I’ve heard…

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On Giving Up A Favorite Author

I could have titled this post “How Writing Has Changed My Reading Habits, Part 3” because it’s really a continuation of how my growth as a writer has changed the way I read. Part 1 focused on how querying made me switch from reading mainly adult books to middle grade and young adult. (I sort…

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YA Review and Giveaway (2 signed books!): UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody

I finally got to read the last books I purchased during the Fierce Reads Tour back in October. I still have quite a reading backlog from the Scholastic Warehouse Sale and Christmas, but I couldn’t put these off anymore because the third book in Jessica Brody’s UNREMEMBERED series comes out at the end of February,…

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The Manuscript That Won’t Let You Go

Do you have a manuscript that won’t let you go? It seems that every writer I talk to has one, and I’m no exception. Mine is a manuscript I shelved after querying quite successfully–well, as successfully as querying can be without an offer. It garnered a lot of interest, all the way up to an…

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YA Review: PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

I know I said I wouldn’t have a review for a few weeks because I was catching up on all the adult books I received for Christmas, but then I went over to my parents’ house for New Year’s Day without one of said books and they decided to watch “Dumbo” with the kids. It’s…

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2015 Debuts I Can’t Wait to Read

I saw a few people posting the debuts they’re most anticipating in 2015 and thought, you know, I want to jump on that train! Because I have some writing friends/acquaintances with books coming out this year, and I’m really excited about that. Besides, I’m not going to have any reviews for a couple of weeks…

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What I Read in 2014

I read 107 books in 2014. The breakdown included 20 middle grade, 63 young adult, one new adult, 22 adult, and one non-fiction. Thirteen of those books were re-reads, including two that I read aloud to my son :). Books I reviewed are linked. Want to know which were my favorites? Well, I wrote a post about…

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YA Series Recommendation: Crewel World by Gennifer Albin

Maybe it’s good I already posted my favorite reads of 2014 because if I’d finished this series before then, I would have had even more trouble deciding on my top five young adult reads. But it’s already done, so I can’t go back. Instead I’ll just make one last recommendation for the year. I was…

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