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Writing Resolutions 2017

Posted by Rachel on January 10, 2017 in current event, discovery, editing, inspiration, planning, reading, writer's sketch, writing |

Last year I wrote a blog about my writing resolutions for 2016 and I more or less held myself to them all. Yay! Given the shit-storm that was 2016, I’m pretty surprised by that. Due to such an impressive feat, I’d like to complete a new list for this year and hopefully keep myself to […]

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Rachel Rewrites

Posted by Rachel on July 22, 2016 in discovery, editing, inspiration, outline, planning, plot, structure, writing, writing tips |

Writing is rewriting is rewriting Drafting is great, sure, but editing has always been my favorite part of theĀ  writing process…until recently. With my current project, I encountered my first ever need to *gasp* rewrite. Not write more. Write the same things again, but better. All my editing prior to this was essentially adding meat […]

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NESCBWI Top 5

Every writing conference I attend teaches me some nugget of knowledge I hadn’t realized or put into words before. Often there is more than one light-bulb moment. The latest writer-palooza was no different and I hope some of the findings I learned will prove helpful to you all as well! 1- Openings need to change […]

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Story Easter Eggs

Posted by Rachel on March 29, 2016 in characters, discovery, planning, plot, reading, symbolism, writing |

Something unique and special I love about books is finding the hidden hints authors weave in about the their muses, favorite people, or personally important things. Incorporating “Easter eggs” into your novel can create additional creative layers in your storytelling. Sometimes those allusions are really only for you and your inner circle, but for those […]

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