Writing to Our Fears

Are you strong enough to write to your own fears? If so how do you know? The answer often lies in the very first few words you write in your story. I’m not afraid to die. Not by losing myself in my hatred for my ex-boyfriend. Not by the sonic waves of the Swarm that … Continue reading Writing to Our Fears

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To You, Unsure Reader of Young Adult Novels

Greetings, my dear reader. I know that you're unsure about the young adult novel in your hands. I imagine certain thoughts are crossing your mind: I've read YA before, and it just wasn't for me; these books are always about growing up, high school dances, kids having rocky relationships with their parents or guardians, or trying … Continue reading To You, Unsure Reader of Young Adult Novels

Why I Write

I seek out tips on how to craft a compelling character in Writer's Digest. I read YA novels to garner new talking points for my latest blog entry. And I still (still!) delve into David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, finding grief and irascible humor in the lives of his Ennet House residents, his Quebecois wheelchair assassins - and our … Continue reading Why I Write