Archive for June, 2013

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More Quotes

June 30, 2013

If you are writing about baloney, don’t try to make it Cornish hen, because that is the worst kind of baloney there is. Just make it darned good baloney.

-Leo Burnett

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. -Joshua J. Marine

I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.  –E.B. White

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Summer Reads for Strong Girls (and Boys too!)

June 16, 2013

If you have daughters who’ve read Pippi and Clementine and need more summer adventures starring strong girls, suggest they try a few of the following middle grade novels:

Spindlers

Destiny, Rewritten

Mighty Miss Malone

The Goose Girl

Apothecary

Chains

Serephina

Hunger Games

A Summer of Sundays (releasing July 9)

I really don’t like to turn books into a boy girl thing, so in addition to the above, both genders might like these books with boy characters:

The Graveyard Book

Maniac Magee

Rich Riordan series

Al Capone Does my Shirts

Middleworld

Peak

Peter and the Shadow Thieves

The Five Ancestors Series

The Maze Runner

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Be Wary. Seven Deadly Sins.

June 6, 2013

A writer is faced with a host of roadblocks. Here are seven deadly sins to avoid.

  1. Fantasy. You will likely not be invited on Oprah.
  2. Procrastination. Enough said.
  3. Scattered focus. Complete what you are working on now, before launching the next project.
  4. Trends. Haven’t we had enough vampires?
  5. Blame. It is not the industry’s fault. Or your mother’s.
  6. Clichés, adverbs, and words from a thesaurus. Stay away.
  7. Stress. It’s a long, long road