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Mind Mapping for Writers

I love mind maps. Countless times have they helped me figure out ideas that I was struggling with. Here are a few ways that you can use mind maps: Details for your story: this is the biggest one. I've used many mind maps to help me to discover detail about my story without feeling like… Continue reading Mind Mapping for Writers

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Why Writing is Hard

Writing is hard. It is. Not because writing something is hard, because technically everyone can write something. Not because coming up with good ideas is hard, because all kinds of people (extraordinary and not so extraordinary) can come up with ideas everyday. No, writing is hard because: Discipline - it takes discipline to sit with… Continue reading Why Writing is Hard

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What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

By children, I mean middle grade (8-14) really. I've been thinking about this a lot, as someone who plans to be a middle grade author in the not too distant future. What do children want and need from a book in this day and age? Because, I bet it's not the same as 5 years… Continue reading What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

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“My Author Journey” Part One: First Fantasy Book Publication (Ash Born)

I'll start with "Ash Born". Anyone who has followed my journey or known me for a while should have heard of "Ash Born" at least once. If not, I really have failed it. Ash Born is the first book I ever published, well, it wasn't always known by this name.

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New Year, Same Me

"New Year, New Me" doesn't really work because as the clock strikes 12, we don't actually change. We may have been given a new calendar year, but we are the same people with the same problems and the same bad habits. I don't mean to put a damper on the new year. I for one… Continue reading New Year, Same Me

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7 Scary Things in the Eternity Series

Due to it being Halloween and all that, let's list 7 scary things that are featured in my dark fantasy series... Demons of the Underworld, appearing in three forms: The Winged, The Imprinted, and The Colossal. Their skeletal and shredded wings, leaking irises, greying skin and dual voices. Vampires who become skeletal under the curse… Continue reading 7 Scary Things in the Eternity Series

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Reasons Why I Am Your Unconventional Author…

I am young (I wrote my first book by 14, published it at 18 and kept going...) I am mixed race (not a lot of people who look like me are seen as the "author type" sadly). I'm from a working-class family and poor area. I'm not highly educated. I'm not well-read or well-spoken. I'm… Continue reading Reasons Why I Am Your Unconventional Author…