SO NO ONE TOLD YOU LIFE WAS GONNA BE THIS WAY. *clap, clap, clap, clap, clap* YOUR JOB’S A JOKE, YOU’RE BROKE, YOUR LOVE LIFE’S DOA. (Is it possible the Rembrandts were secretly describing aspiring authors?) Today, I talk about some basic writing rules-of-thumb… with the cast of Friends. 1. If you’re a pantser like […]

Here is a thing that happens to me sometimes: a creative funk. I know I’m not alone in it; it happens to a lot of us. But sometimes it feels that way. I go through periods of time where I click along with the YA world. Writing flows easily. I dive into a new book […]

Whenever I peruse writing forums and blogs, I often come across a rule warning writers away from from using prologues in their writing. Especially when it comes to the flash-forward type of prologue, where the reader is presented with a scene or situation and we don’t yet know the details leading into it. And probably […]

NaNoWriMo 2012!

Categories: Blog Posts, The Write Stuff

It’s one of my favorite days of the year! No, not Halloween. NaNoWriMo Eve. This is just a little love note to let my blog followers know that if things get (or, I guess I should say, continue to be slow on le blog) it is because I am furiously working to add 50,000 words […]

Good morning! The morning of WriteOnCon 2012 has dawned. And yes… yes I am participating. I really have no excuse not to since I’ve fallen dreadfully behind in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve been semi-lurking through the forums (my username is jbaggiero if you want to add me as a friend!) and posted the first 250 words of […]

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So August is here. Rabbit, rabbit and all that jazz. And I’ve always thought of it as a lazy month. It’s in summer, it includes my birthday… But it is going to be the craziest month that I’ve had for a while, so the blog is going to be updated SPORADICALLY. I mean, yes, I […]

Camp Wordsmith is a weekly venture in which Angel of Mermaid Vision Books, Christa of Hooked on Books, and I post about our work in writing over the past week. We’ll also discuss various issues to do with craft. The goals here are simple. We want to write, so we’re making a public effort before all of […]

Every now and again I reference one or both of my internships on here. Some of you might know that I intern for the incredible literary development company, Paper Lantern Lit, but more recently I began an internship with the amazing literary agent Melissa Sarver of the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency. And it JUST SO […]

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Camp Wordsmith is a weekly venture in which Angel of Mermaid Vision Books, Christa of Hooked on Books, and I post about our work in writing over the past week. We’ll also discuss various issues to do with craft. The goals here are simple. We want to write, so we’re making a public effort before all of […]

Camp Wordsmith is a weekly venture in which Angel of Mermaid Vision Books, Christa of Hooked on Books, and I post about our work in writing over the past week. We’ll also discuss various issues to do with craft. The goals here are simple. We want to write, so we’re making a public effort before all of […]