October: Literary Blog Relay, Teen Author Event, and Blog Series All About “What scares YOU?”

 Before I vanish a train ride away from the city for a secret writing rendezvous, I wanted to tell you about some things coming up in October.   1: LITERARY BLOG RELAY  I’m a part of a literary blog relay called “Transformation”—and it’s already begun! Go check out the first leg and read Christine Lee … Continue reading October: Literary Blog Relay, Teen Author Event, and Blog Series All About “What scares YOU?”

Wandering the Streets of Manhattan, Thinking Thoughts

I’m back from wandering the streets. Before I went wandering, in the morning my writing group met—I don’t know what to call it; it’s a “writing group” in the simplest of ways: We get together in a group once a week; we write. We’re each writing separate things—a nonfiction book, a screenplay, a play, an … Continue reading Wandering the Streets of Manhattan, Thinking Thoughts

I’m Auctioning a Manuscript Critique for Hurricane Irene Flood Relief

If you're writing a young adult or middle-grade novel and would be interested in a critique from me on 30 pages—or your first two chapters, whichever you prefer—you can bid on the critique from me in the Read for Relief lit auction. Bidding starts now and ends Friday, September 16th, at 10:00PM EST. The auction … Continue reading I’m Auctioning a Manuscript Critique for Hurricane Irene Flood Relief

Every Novel Is Its Own Distinct and Distinctly Flawed Animal

Writing a novel once—or twice, or four times if you count the adult novels I never published, or eight times if you count the work-for-hire novels written under fake names—does not necessarily mean you understand how to write a novel. Writing workshops didn’t prepare me for writing novels. (Mostly we focused on short stories.) Reading … Continue reading Every Novel Is Its Own Distinct and Distinctly Flawed Animal