Five Quickwrites To Get You Out Of A Writing Rut

You know the feeling, you’re staring at your draft, stuck on a scene, not knowing how to move forward, or even if there is a way. This section of your outline says “stuff?? things/!?!” in lieu of actual plotty bits, and you’re just like, “Thanks, past me.” Your characters linger on the page, unsure of where to go to next but your brain is fried and you’re just… stuck.

Here are five writing exercises to help get those creative juices flowing again.

Go, Go, Go: Tips for Keeping Up With The Writing Flow

So you’ve gotten to that sweet spot where you’re inspired, the creative juices are flowing, and you’re writing, writing, writing.. whether you’re in the middle of a writing sprint or doing NanoWriMo or just trying to finish this draft, one of the key things about writing is not to edit when you’re in the middle of getting your first thoughts down. So how do you focus your creative energy? A few ideas to keep from getting distracted by editing, research, and more.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2017

I’ve always loved the LA Times Festival of Books! The first time I went I was …nine years old. It was so cool, getting to see how many other people just loved books and I was so amazed at how many authors were there! I was pretty much this wide-eyed kid then and this year I got to live out my dream and be there as an author, just as wide-eyed.

Andover Heights High School Yearbook, 2123

Holoprojectors in the Sidekick Squad universe can do a lot of things, including display full color books and other interactive content. Bells Broussard is an active member of the Andover Heights High School yearbook. His primary job is doing layout and occasionally some art, but sometimes (and you 21st century yearbook folks would definitely know this) he has to juggle a few different hats and write some articles.  So of course Bells would write about his two best friends…

Sexuality in Not Your Sidekick

Not Your Sidekick takes flight in the year 2123, a hundred years after a major solar flare catalyzes for not just superpowers but also a series of major disasters which drastically changed the world. Yesterday The Gay YA hosted NYS on their monthly book club discussion, and the question was asked about how sexuality is seen in the NYS world, how it’s not entirely accepted, but not too much phobia either.