Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chance for a copy of Wild Ink Success

Posting twice in a week? Unheard of! Well, it's a busy time. Here's a link to an interview on the Readinista blog with a chance to put your name in the hat for a copy of Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market.

I hope you're having a great week!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day -- no podcast this week


Just a quick post to say I'm skipping the YA writing podcast this week.

If you'd like to read a list of my top ten tips for YA novelists, you'll find them in a guest post here:

Here's wishing you a great Memorial Day!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

5 min podcast: Your Voice Part 4: Life Experience

See, here we are at Week 4, back to 5 minutes. The topic is Your Voice: Life Experience. Everything we've done, everywhere we've been, everyone we've known, feeds us as writers. This week is all about remembering that. What strange characters have you met? Where in the world have you gone? And what the heck have you been doing? All of it's important. Details matter! And even a seemingly insignificant experience can turn into something much more.

Oh yeah,  Click here to listen!



Sunday, May 13, 2012

3 minute podcast: Your Voice, Part 3: Personality

Hey there--I hope you've had a good week. Mine's been a tad nuts, with lots of varieties from almonds to macadamias. If people ever tell you a writer's life is smooth and creamy, tell them that's peanut butter, not books.

Anyway, I've recorded another podcast. This one's about putting personality into your words. It's only about 3 minutes.  Yes, I realize the posts have shrunk by a whole minute each week, but that doesn't mean they'll soon be down to zero. In fact, next week we'll probably be back to 4 minutes. Click here to listen!

Take care,


Sunday, May 6, 2012

4 minute Podcast--Writing YA: Your Voice, Part 2

Another week has gone zipping by. Whoosh! And here's the next podcast on writing YA. Four minutes this time, since I know ya don't have all day. It's about voice again. Voice is likely to be the topic over and over, because there's just so much to say about it. It's the leading feature of YA writing, after all.

 Click here to listen!

Wishing you the best, and talk to you again next week if not before.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I'm starting a weekly five minute podcast

I've decided to create a series of podcasts as a means of persuading myself to be more consistent with this blog. They'll be all about writing and YOU. More specifically, writing YA and YOU. Approximately five minutes each.

Just click here to listen to the first one, called:

You can subscribe to my podcasts through Podbean, or have them sent to your RSS feeder.

This idea for creating podcasts came about because I realized something about blogging and me: When blogging, I just want to have fun. 

Much of the writing life involves pulling large quantities of hair out of my creative scalp. (This activity is otherwise known as writing a first draft.) Then styling what's left (second, third, etc. drafts. Then talking about writing. Helping other people with their writing and...

Well, anyway, there's a lot of WORK involved.

About blogging--true confessions here, I started feeling like I SHOULD BLOG. Which made it seem like work. And then I rebelled and quit blogging for months at a stretch. Yep, that's my blog profile in a psychological nutshell. Not proud of it, but writers can't be proud and do our jobs at the same time. (Otherwise, we'd never show our faces at our critique groups.)

I promise to do another podcast next week. And the week after that. Because they're fun!