Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Thinking Like a Kid (and Like a Sea Monster!) — Guest Post by Author Kate Messner

It's time for another Get Inspired Monday! -- a series created to help you dig into your week and find inspiration in unexpected places. Today's post comes to you from award-winning children's author, Kate Messner. Kate is a class act -- not only because she's a fabulously talented (and prolific) writer, but she's also quick to offer support and encouragement to other… Continue reading Thinking Like a Kid (and Like a Sea Monster!) — Guest Post by Author Kate Messner

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Semper Fi (In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca) — Guest Post by Rebecca Rasmussen

In honor of  the release of Rebecca Rasmussen's debut novel, The Bird Sisters (yes, today's the day!!!), I'm re-posting the essay she wrote for my Get Inspired series back in January. Please read/re-read, and then run out and buy The Bird Sisters! Seriously. This book has already earned starred reviews, is a Barnes & Noble fiction pick, and has the praise of best-selling authors… Continue reading Semper Fi (In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca) — Guest Post by Rebecca Rasmussen

Writing

Keep Your Writing Real — Not Really Boring

  So, you've written a short story or novel...yay, you! It's grammatically correct, historically accurate, shows not tells, and is incredibly -- boring.  Simply getting from A to Z in a coherent line does not a masterpiece make. The red ink I've encountered over the years has taught me a couple of things: #1) A story… Continue reading Keep Your Writing Real — Not Really Boring

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Get Inspired Monday: Guest Post by Natalie Whipple

Today's post comes to you from the talented and vivacious YA writer, Natalie Whipple. I was so glad to find her several months ago via her blog, Between Fact and Fiction, where her writing is thoughtful, inspiring, and always honest. ********** Several years ago, I drove by an old, blue Victorian home that was extremely close to a… Continue reading Get Inspired Monday: Guest Post by Natalie Whipple

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Get Inspired Monday: Guest Post by Janice Hardy

Today's post comes to you from fantasy author, Janice Hardy. Please read, get inspired, and then check out her fabulous blog on writing, as well as her books: THE SHIFTER and BLUE FIRE. *********** It’s Everywhere! When Amanda first asked me about writing something for her Get Inspired series, she said she was looking for stories about inspiration… Continue reading Get Inspired Monday: Guest Post by Janice Hardy

Blogging, Writing

Strapped for Story Ideas? Turn to Your Senses

  Using your five senses when writing just makes sense. Including details of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch creates a layer of depth to your stories that can make them more believable, relatable, and plain fun to read. But you don't have to wait until you're deep into revisions to come to your senses.… Continue reading Strapped for Story Ideas? Turn to Your Senses