Emily McPherson’s Top 5 Favorite Books 1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black First off, this an impossible list. I have a lot of favorite books, but I’ve narrowed it down to five of the 20 tied for first place. The Cruel Prince is definitely a favorite (I love a good faerie story), but I … More Guest Post with author Emily McPherson plus a spotlight on her upcoming YA novel, Mother of the River
**Update: I was not selected as a mentee this year…competition was fierce… but I learned so much! The mentors gave me great feedback/suggestions and it was a worthwhile contest to enter.** A few weeks ago I posted about upcoming writing contests. Since then, I decided to dive right in and take my own advice by … More My Pitch Wars Journey — so far!
Organization — it can be a woeful topic for writers, but when we get it right (meaning right for each of us in a personal way) it can be a beautiful thing — and spark a lot of creativity. There are two types of organization on my writing mind today: 1) Writing Space (my desk): … More Writing Spaces & Mapping Ideas
Like stretching your muscles before a work-out, writing prompts are a great way to get warmed up before writing. Even writing a sentence or two — about something unrelated to your work-in-progress — can lead to fresh ideas and inspiration. Or maybe veering off course and writing more detail about a secondary character — let’s … More Exercise your Writing Muscle
Do you have a finished novel manuscript? In between sending out queries (and biting your nails), consider entering a pitch contest. Agents and editors frequently find new talent through these contests and they are a good way for new writers to get their pitches to the so-called top of the pile. Here are few pitch … More Pitch It!
Inspiration…where does it come from? Does it live in a magical forest? Maybe. If you’re a writer like me, you know that inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. I love the little jolt of adrenaline that comes with a new idea, like the promise of a great character or storyline. Reading is a … More Pixie Dust not included
I read all year long and enjoy a book by the fireplace in the winter, but summer down-time often allows me to play catch up. Does anyone else have a stack of books waiting to be read? If you’re like me, you always have more books to read than you have time. Rather than keeping … More Summer is Here…Dust off your Books!