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Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 7M ago

First 250 of my novel seeking agent

ON THE ROAD TO MARTY MCFLYYA contemporary66, 000 wordsONEI admire my therapist’s evenly cuffed jeans as I comb and count rug fringe on her office floor. The rug’s a tangle of fringe that nee...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 8M ago

writing exercises to break that funk

Winter usually means hibernation time for several animals, including me. I've notice  that two seasons force me to retreat for weeks in my writing cave: summer and winter. I can't say why, b...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 9M ago

how to find that story starting sweet spot

Before you continue, there isn't really an answer to this question.No, that's not true. There is, but it'll be different for everyone. I've read so many articles by writers and editors claim...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 10M ago

why these are my favorite books

Everyone has favorites: double chocolate fudge, purple, David Bowie, Peru, that scene in Contact when Jodie Foster's character meets her dad on the beach in the moonlight (only it's not a be...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 10M ago

thoughts on words that turn into stories

I haven't blogged here in so long, I had to look up my website's password. Not good.But, hey, I'm baaack!How is everyone? More imortantly, what are ya'all writing?I have been busy these past...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 1Y ago

the magic in your writing

How often have you stopped to look at your story only to realize it jumped genres somewhere between the inciting incident and the midpoint?Fiction genres are transforming as fast as technolo...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 1Y ago

emerging from the writing cave

As the darker months approach, I emerge from my summer writing cave, bleary eyed but invigorated. Because I am a teacher, I relish the off-time to work on my writing. This past summer, I spe...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 1Y ago

transcribing a novel to improve your writing

The best part of a writing community includes more than personal feedback to your work.  It's about the resources you might not have discovered on your own.Even though I publish this blog, I...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 1Y ago

#amwriting: why reading is your best teacher

As a teacher and mother of grown children (23 and 19), I love summer. Lots of time to catch up on writing projects, but most importantly: tons of lazing in the sunshine reading. This summer,...
Ellen's Blog for Young Writers · 1Y ago

schedules & outlines: keep your writing on point

You've heard the terms plotter and pantser. Which one are you?I'll give you a hint about me: I'm a Virgo.In my own regular life, I plan my day, leave myself sticky notes on the bathroom mirr...