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    Writing Text Messages

    “Hey Lizard! I’m writing something about teenagers, so what do you think is the best way to write text messages?” Oh my gosh, great question. So, to be perfectly honest, this is actually a bit of mystery to me as well at the moment. There isn’t just one way to do it.  I’m pretty sure that every novel I’ve read does it a little differently so, there is some freedom. One example I really love is from the novel Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. There are pages that are just back and forth, found text conversations, but then there are also instances where characters get texts and read them in scene.…

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    Favorite (Spooky) Podcasts

    Nothing gets me in the mood for Halloween like listening to a scary story read aloud. Over the past few months, I started listening to a lot of podcasts, which often are exactly that, a good story read over the air. So, without further ado, I’m introducing you to some of my all time favorite (spooky) podcasts.  Now, I use the term “spooky” here pretty loosely. Some of these are true crime stories, investigations of real cases – past or present – and some are altogether fictional from start to finish, but there is a common thread: fear, suspense, and mystery. These are my top recommendations to tune into this October…

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    On Writing & Inspiration

    Anonymous asked: “Hi Lizard! I’ve been thinking of a story plots for ages, but I can’t seem to get any inspiration to help my writing.” I don’t know how this is for everyone – and that’s always going to be something with writing, different things work for different people – but I cannot be inspired if I am not writing. Until it’s words on the page, it’s not quite real yet. I might have plans and ideas, but they aren’t actual until they’ve happened.  I sit down to write with a premise in mind – the idea, the general plot, and I begin to write. I don’t wait for a muse…

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    A Conversation with @MCubed35

    @Mcubed35, if you don’t know her, is the anonymous blogger behind the amazing Writeblr Connects community. She’s been a huge influence on the Tumblr writing community and has also become a great friend to me over the last few months. She is currently working on a novel, Rose of the Fae, which we’re going to talk a little bit more about today along with some of her other in-the-works projects.   Q: What led you to decide to start writing?   Honestly, I can’t say that any one thing led to it. I’ve just always written–since I was really young. My “first” story was a fan fiction I started in elementary school with…

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    A Conversation with Chelsea Bartlett

    Recently, I met Chelsea Bartlett. I wish that I could say I’ve known her for years, because she’s just that cool, but I know her now and that will have to be good enough. Chelsea is a short story writer, currently working on a novel, (you can already see how much we’ve got in common!) and she runs a blog, Princesses, Pirates, and the Pen (which all of you should definitely go follow).  Q: What led you to decide to start writing? Writing is something I’ve always done.  Even before I could do the writing itself, I would dictate stories to my mother and she wrote them down for me.…

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    A Conversation with Katelynn Kazemzadeh

    It was a quiet September Saturday when I connected with Canadian author, Katelynn Kazemzadeh, over Skype to discuss writing process. It was early still and we both grabbed respectively mugs of Earl Gray. Kate is currently on her way to finishing her first novel, I’ll Keep Your Secret Safe and I was eager to learn more about it. Kate and I first met months ago through the online writing group, Writeblr Connects, while we all get to know each other and chat often about the act of writing and our processes, often what we’re writing remains pretty mysterious. So when we sat down to talk, I had to ask, “What…

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    Join Writer Conversation Series

    Anonymous asked: “I’m curious – how I could possibly partake in your author interview?” Easy. Contact me. I’ll have more on just how to do that later in the post but I first want to say that I have been so excited about this series of writer interviews where I’m given sit down and really talk to a writer intensively about their writing, their process, inspiration, and craft.  I could not have been more honored to have had the chance to interview the few writers I’ve been able to chat with so far and that this series will become a way to really help connect and bring together the community of writers I already…

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    A Conversation with Tara of @DancingDarklingWrites

    Today, as part of a new series, I’m going to be doing something a little different. I’m conducting an interview – or really a series of interviews – with writers in the thick of their novels, asking what inspires them, how do they choose the topic they are going to write about, and what makes writing so important.  Today, we’re catching up with Tara of @dancingdarklingwrites. Tara and I first connected through the writing group, WriteblrConnects, and I’ve come to know her as a great writer and friend.  Q: What led you to decide to start writing? I’ve honestly always written.  I remember being 6 or 7 years old and…