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Writing the books of our hearts: Midweek ROW80 check-in

As writers, we’re often told to write the book of our hearts, which is great advice, especially for the fledgling writer. If our work taps into what we’re passionate about—for me, myth and magic are two such passions—it’s easier to make the pages of our stories sing. 365 more words

Denise D. Young

Sprinkling in Details in Our Writing: How much to share—and when

Some of the best writing advice I’ve ever received didn’t come out of a creative writing workshop. No, I learned it at the copy desk of my college newspaper, where I spent each Saturday hunched over pages with a colored pen, making news article polished and shiny and ready for the world. 623 more words

Denise D. Young

5 inspirational writing quotes

I thought I’d kick off a new week—or end an old one—with a list of some of my favorite writing quotes. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. 183 more words

Denise D. Young

A productive week: Sunday ROW80 check-in

Good news: I’ve met all of my writing goals for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days. This means, of course, that I have to decide which projects I want to focus on for the remainder of this round. 274 more words

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When writing is like wrestling an alligator: A midweek ROW80 check-in

Last week, revising my story felt like wrestling an alligator. There were a few moments where I just sat there trying not to pull my hair out. 357 more words

Denise D. Young

Revising a manuscript: How do you know when a draft is finished?

How do you know when a draft of a story is done? For me, a first draft is finished when I’ve written it from beginning to end—it might be rough, but the story is on the page. 442 more words

Denise D. Young

What's in a name? Coming up with titles for our stories

Of all the aspects of writing craft we talk about, one that’s rarely touched on is coming up with a title. A catchy title can sell a book, but it also needs to hint at what readers will find beyond the cover. 402 more words

Denise D. Young