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Posts Tagged ‘writer’s block’

Pretty Little Liars Author Sara Shepard on How to Write More

In the latest installment of So What Do You Do?, Mediabistro talked to Sara Shepard, author of the bestselling YA series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. The prolific writer, who has published 20 books in eight years, talks about getting her series optioned as TV shows, how she got into YA and how any writer can get more words onto the page:

“I am a big outliner. For my adult book, The Visibles, I did not outline, and it took me two years to write because I just didn’t outline and I had no path,” she said. “The other thing is, because I have really crazy deadlines, I have to write everyday. So, I can’t just sit there and stare at the page. So what I usually do is, I write something. Even if it’s bad, even if I go back later, and I’m like, ‘This is such a bad chapter, and I’m going to have to revise it,’ having words down is better than having nothing.

For the full interview, read So What Do You Do, Sara Shepard, Author of Pretty Little Liars?

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NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Try the Random Line Generator

Have you ever stopped writing because you couldn’t think of the next line? Next time you should use the Random Line Generator.

Click here to generate your own random line. The simple tool from Language Is Virus will give you a new sentence that is guaranteed to take your story in strange new directions.

This is our 25th NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

NaNoWriMo Tip #23: Dial 911 for Writer’s Block

Stuck in your manuscript? Dial 911 for Writer’s Block over at the We Book site.

The handy writing guide will give you instant prompts for every writing need: better verbs, ways to kill a character, settings and endings. Just press a button on the phone pad to choose what kind of help you need.

This is our 23rd NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project. (Link via Word Inventor)

Try the Cut-Up Machine: NaNoWriMo Tip #22

Does your prose feeling boring and repetitive? Try the cut-up machine to create some crazy new writing.

Simply visit the Cut-Up Machine at the Language Is Virus blog and feed it some text. It can be a boring passage you wrote or a page from your favorite out-of-copyright book. The mixed up text may inspire you with some unexpected images and phrases.

Check it out: “This is a cut-up machine working along similar principles to those used by William S. Burroughs in his own work. Basically it works along similar principles to photo-montage, create an new image of words out of whatever was put in. Type or copy & paste some text into the areas below and click on ‘Cut It Up.’”

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