The Bookish Fox

How I “Got” My Writing Voice

I am frequently asked about how I got my writing voice for this blog. They tend to ask me how my voice is so different from all the other editors out there or how do I make it so funny and conversational. In particular, people ask how I squeeze so many pop culture references in…

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A Writing Lesson from DJs

My best friend got married last weekend, and I have to say: her DJ was lit. Not only did he play Salt-N-Pepa twice, but his transitions were perfect. When Montell sang, "Let's flip the track, bring the old school back," Backstreet Boys' "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" started playing. Something equally genius happened when Miley Cyrus sang,…

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My #1 Piece of Writing Advice

There is one piece of advice that I consistently give all my coaching clients. It's not sexy, and it's not exciting. But it works. What is it? Just keep writing.Does this really come up as an answer all the time? Let's see it in action.Q: Am I a terrible writer?A: Probably, but I am sure…

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The #1 Thing Writers Forget to Do

You want to know the most important thing authors forget to do when they sit in front of the computer to write? Breathe. Okay. You are probably wondering what the heck that has to do with writing. I mean, sure, breathing is important to surviving, which is kind of crucial for writing, but what does…

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Is Your Idea NaNoWriMo Worthy?

In case you haven't noticed, I am pretty excited about NaNoWriMo right now. Almost as excited as I am to read Meg Cabot's The Boy Is Back or watch the new season of the Bachelor (I am really curious to see what kind of women appear on Nick's season).As is the case with all exciting…

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My NaNoWriMo Story

As you all know, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is fast approaching. I will always have a special place in my heart for NaNoWriMo, because I wrote my first novel during NaNoWriMo. Let me set the scene. It was 2000. The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears were dominating the airwaves. I was wearing Bonne Bell's Lip Smackers, and…

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In Defense of NaNoWriMo

Before I turn into Lancelot and joust to defend my beloved's honor, let me explain who the love of my (writing) life is: NaNoWriMo (which stands for National Novel Writing Month).  NaNoWrimo happens during the month of November, and everyone who participates writes a 50,000 word novel (at least). What is so controversial about that? A lot.…

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