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Author: EV Scarlett

EV Scarlett has the lowest possible tolerance for spicy foods, sleeps like a koala, and sometimes manages to write YA fantasy.
Staying on Track: The Pomodoro Technique

Staying on Track: The Pomodoro Technique

Like many writers, I struggle to stay focused. There are too many books to read, games to play, memes to laugh at… the internet is truly a curse for those of us who need to get work done. Luckily, some smart people took pity on procrastinating writers like us and came up with ways to get things done regardless of the distractions. One of these techniques that I’ve found, tried, and fallen in love with is the Pomodoro technique. It…

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Swoons and Wounds: Shaping your character’s internal motivations

Swoons and Wounds: Shaping your character’s internal motivations

All characters need a goal. That much is obvious, and something most writers already know all about. Without some kind of motivation, there’s not much left to drive the plot forward. But have you also given your characters dreams? Hopes and fantasies that they think about in daydreams? In a perfect world, how would this character be living? One of my writing teachers called these “swoons.” Swoons: Your character’s dreams and fantasies. When they space off, this is what they…

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6 Tips to Starting your First Chapter

6 Tips to Starting your First Chapter

That blank page sure is intimidating. And the blinking cursor only makes it worse! If starting your novel is to a point where it’s inhibiting your entire ability to write, then I say skip it. Try to start somewhere else—somewhere that excites you! That said, you’re going to have to write the first chapter at some point. And since this is the chapter that will either draw your reader into the story or scare them away forever, you need to…

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How Procrastination can Bring Back your Writing Inspiration

How Procrastination can Bring Back your Writing Inspiration

Here’s the scenario, and tell me if it sounds familiar: You’re a writer. You love writing. And you’re super excited to be published for the first time… if you could ever get around to finishing something. Whether you’re stuck finishing a first draft or you’re stuck in an endless cycle of edits and redrafts, you’re still stuck. After a while, your motivation starts to lag and your writing slows. Need your motivation back? Experts say that imagining the future you…

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How Peeling an Orange can Reveal More about your Character

How Peeling an Orange can Reveal More about your Character

I have this crazy theory that you can learn about someone based on how they peel an orange. I think I mentioned this to a friend, and he just looked at me weird. But I digress. Let me explain my madness. Everyone has a unique technique when it comes to orange-peeling. Previously mentioned friend bites into an orange to break through the rind. The thought of this makes me cringe. The taste of orange peels makes me cringe. I’ll use…

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First Impressions: The Secret to a Great Character Introduction

First Impressions: The Secret to a Great Character Introduction

It has come to my attention that not everyone understands the absolute necessity of a great first introduction for your characters?! Seriously, when you introduce a character in your story, a first impression is everything. A good intro will make a character easier to remember AND solidify whatever character arc they end up progressing through during the story. Basically, you can get a lot of work done in just this one scene, so don’t waste it! The trick? The key to a…

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Writing Dialogue: Saying What You Mean (Not)

Writing Dialogue: Saying What You Mean (Not)

We don’t always speak our minds. Sometimes we lie. Sometimes we shape our words to protect ourselves or keep our distance. It’s as simple as you talking to your crush, but they don’t know they’re your crush and you’re too nervous to say something. You don’t usually admit “I like you” when you see them. You’ll usually beat around the bush like “You’re funny” or if you’re feeling brave, “I like spending time with you.” Characters are like this too….

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Book Review: Cinder

Book Review: Cinder

CINDER Book: Cinder Author: Marissa Meyer ISBN: 978-1-250-00720-9 Publish Date: Oct 27, 2015 CC Rating: 5/5 Summary & Review: Cinder, considered by some as the kingdom’s best mechanic, is also a cyborg. She used to be 100% human, but after a car accident in her childhood, Cinder’s life could only be saved by installing a few mechanical parts. While this sounds like it’d be useful, in reality, most consider cyborgs to be sub-human and they face despicable conditions in the city—including a mandatory “lottery”…

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The 5 Features that make up a Dynamic Character

The 5 Features that make up a Dynamic Character

When you encounter a great character, you can usually just feel it in the way they act and behave. They’re realistic and complex and full of personality. They’re their own person, with their own distinct needs and wants and fears and all the things the rest of us humans have to deal with. It’s hard to narrow down a well-written character to a list, but in general there are some things you should include when writing your own characters. Take your time….

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Book Review: These Shallow Graves

Book Review: These Shallow Graves

THESE SHALLOW GRAVES Book: These Shallow Graves Author: Jennifer Donnelly ISBN: 978-0385737654 Publish Date: Oct 27, 2015 CC Rating: 5/5 Summary & Review: Josephine Montfort lives at the height of society in the late 1800s—she has a wealthy family, an exceptional upbringing, and even prospects for an upcoming marriage proposal from one of the most desirable suitors in New York. But her beautiful world turns dark when her father is found dead in his study, and the police declare it a suicide….

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