There’s this little magical moment when you find a character’s voice. There’s no easy way to find it. No magical formula that works every time. Sometimes, characters come peacefully. Other times, characters gnash and rage until you discover they’ve had a life of their own all along. And, once upon a midnight dreary, a bleary-eyed…

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Yes, Halloween movies can absolutely teach you about writing. Originally posted by lucifers-queen I remember first seeing Hocus Pocus in my friend’s basement during the time where I had barely achieved sentience. The first thing I missed about Halloween when I was away from home was the memory of eating too much candy, dressing up…

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I haven’t written for myself in weeks. Sometimes, life got in the way. Sometimes, a few hours escaping into an unfinished TV series or a video game seemed more promising. Most of the time, I’d get excited about writing and then just get so exhausted that writing a page didn’t seem likely. I’d scroll through my…

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Collaboration is terrifying… Originally posted by knivesonstatic And I’m an indie author saying this, so I can already feel the chill running down my spine from admitting it. Reaching out takes a ton of mental energy. Staring at a screen and trying to make words make sense takes a ton of mental energy. Attempting to…

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Sometimes, I forget how writing heals me. I get so caught up in the drudgery of the day to day, when the clock ticks down the impossibly long seconds. I count and count like counting chairs lined up at the front of a stone-cold classroom. I forget how nice it feels to just write something…

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Video games are art in that they stay with you. They’re a full-bodied, visceral experience. The death of a major character might even feel like the loss of a loved one to you, that’s how close they become.   Without further ado, here are six storytelling techniques video games can teach you… 1. Branching Now,…

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THE FUNNYMAN- A YA novel by teen author Sophia Whittemore   It’s no laughing matter when you’re dealing with the Impetus… RELEASE DATE: MARCH 3RD, 2016 AUTHOR’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Gmail: sophiaMwhittemore@gmail.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophiawhitte Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Authorsophiawhittemore/ Instagram: authorsophiawhittemore Tumblr: http://authorsophiawhitte.tumblr.com/ WordPress: https://teenswrite2teens.wordpress.com/about/ RELEASE DATE: MARCH 3RD, 2016

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  Sometimes I believe There is love in all things  And that love makes me happy.  Because I won’t feel like A child let go  In the middle of a crisis.  Crisis. Believing that science is the only option: Cold lab tables, hardened benches Stethoscopes, high fevers, cool hands  And- always- fear.  Since love is…

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   Happy birthday, Disneyland. 🙂 I sat and watched the Disney tribute with my family and my dog. Suffice to say, it was a magical moment. No matter how much you try to fight against it, the waves of nostalgia will always come back to you. It’s a whole new world. And sometimes you just…

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     LITTLE, SINGING BLACKBIRD – by Sophia Whittemore There were birds between the stalks of corn. The wind wailed like a broken woman, howling her melancholy out for the whole world to hear. I wore a short coat that cut off at the thigh and had an umbrella swinging loosely from the belt at my…

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