Category Archives: Writing Tips

NaNoWriMo, GO!

It’s November 1st, y’all, which means: It’s prime writing season! Well, for me, it also means I can officially start playing Christmas carols. And yes, writing is a yearlong endeavor not limited to only one month or season, but there’s … Continue reading

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Writing Advice for Beginners: Coffee and Conversation Flashback Friday Round Two

Last week, I kicked off a Coffee & Conversation Flashback Friday series where we revisit awesome nuggets of wisdom shared by editors, agents, art directors, authors, and illustrators throughout the years here at As The Eraser Burns. Missed it? No … Continue reading

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Writing Advice for Beginners: Coffee and Conversation Flashback Friday Round One

In the many years I’ve been blogging here at As The Eraser Burns, we’ve posted lots of Coffee & Conversation Interviews with editors, agents, art directors, authors, and illustrators. Within each are brilliant nuggets of advice that deserve a revisiting. … Continue reading

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Crafting Dynamic Characters with a Character Development Chart

Cha-ra-cter: the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Chart: record the progress or development of. Cha-ra-cter chart: a super awesome way to develop your characters in order to write a super awesome book. With July’s blog theme being … Continue reading

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So you want to be a writer? A Beginner’s Guide.

People have often said to me, “I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I’ve never tried because … [insert excuse.]” If you’re one of those people, I totally understand where you’re coming from. 100%. For most of my life, … Continue reading

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Zoo Sketch Crawl Tomorrow and Bullet Journaling Workshop!

Happy Friday, everyone, I hope you have fantastic plans lined up for Memorial Day Weekend! I wanted to put out one last reminder about tomorrow’s… Zoo Sketch Crawl! When? Saturday May 27th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Where? Smithsonian’s National Zoo, … Continue reading

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Monday Motivation

Need a little Monday morning motivation to get your fingers flying and WIP’s whipped into shape this week? Here’s some great words of wisdom from literary pros who know a thing or two: “It is our choices… that show what … Continue reading

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Ten Terrific Books for Writers

Whenever the topic of favorite books for writers comes up, I always mention the same ones over and over again. But they are timeless must-reads for anyone trying to finish their first manuscript, (or twenty-first,) and for those pursuing publication, … Continue reading

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SCBWI Podcast: Season Two

Hey podcast lovers, have you heard the news about Season Two of the SCBWI Podcast being released on April 18th? Despite my total adoration for podcasts, I’ve only recently discovered this one and I’m now in the process of catching … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Erin Hagar: Why Author Critiques can be a career-maker!

We’re getting closer to our 2017 From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference! Many of you have submitted manuscripts for a critique with your fingers crossed, hoping you’re assigned to an editor or agent. But what if you’re paired with an … Continue reading

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