Book Writing Inspiration

How Martial Arts and the Bushido Code Inspired My Latest YA Novel

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How Martial Arts and the Bushido Code Inspired My Latest YA Novel

by Jason Brick The initial idea for Wrestling Demons jumped on me as I was driving home from a martial arts event in LA. My protagonist (Connor Morgan) started talking to me, and after a while I turned off my radio and started to listen. The biggest challenge was getting the voice just right without it […]

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How to Go Beyond Your Voice to Make Your Novel Shine

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How to Go Beyond Your Voice to Make Your Novel Shine

When I first drafted “Moonlit” in 2013 (which will be republished as “Wildwood” via Parliament House Press this September), I was a first-time mother climbing out of the hole of postpartum anxiety and borderline agoraphobia. The love and protectiveness I felt for my daughter had consumed me to the point of breathless panic attacks, because […]

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Finding Your Unique Story in a Popular Genre

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Finding Your Unique Story in a Popular Genre

by Jennifer Froelich Before I ever wrote my first novel, Dream of Me, I came up with the setting concept for a futuristic society based on the idea that tolerance and intolerance would become the same thing. I never wrote it, though. Then a few years ago, the idea of a patriotic heist began stirring […]

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How I Finally Caught My Novel-Writing Dream

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How I Finally Caught My Novel-Writing Dream

My best friend of thirty years was not doing well, both emotionally and physically. She’d been through a lot over several years and I knew I was losing her (the cancer she had at thirty came back, and she passed away). She and I, along with two other friends, spent a lot of time together […]

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30 Quotes to Boost a Writer’s Spirit

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30 Quotes to Boost a Writer’s Spirit

Last year’s round-up of quotes from authors who have been featured on Writing and Wellness was a big success. (You can read those here.) So of course I wanted to do it again this year. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a yearly tradition. Here you go—great quotes from 2016. Thank you […]

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How I Persevered on My Biggest, Scariest Book Project

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How I Persevered on My Biggest, Scariest Book Project

by Linda Egenes I’m not a Ramayana scholar or a Sanskrit expert. But I love a great story, and back in the late 1970s when I first met my husband, Tom, he told me some of the romantic stories from the Ramayana epic from India, and of course, I had to read it myself. Struck […]

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How Finding Your Voice Can Inspire New Novels

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How Finding Your Voice Can Inspire New Novels

by Simon Williams I had the basic idea floating around for some time and decided to see how it would turn out if I turned it into a full-length novel. At the time (this was many years ago) I had been mostly writing short stories—in fact I hadn’t completed a longer work for years. The […]

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My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

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My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

I love getting writing book recommendations from other authors, so I thought Writing and Wellness readers might like to know which books I keep on my writing desk. The following 10 are earmarked and broken-backed because I turn to them so often. Maybe one of these needs to be on your personal gift list? 10 […]

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How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

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How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

by Holly Robinson Congratulations, Fran! You are the winner of a free signed copy of Folly Cove. I was inspired to write Folly Cove because I’ve always wanted to set a book on Cape Ann, on the north shore of Massachusetts. This area is associated with so much history—and many, many weird facts. For instance, […]

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One Novelist Refused to Let Her Beloved Game Characters Die

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One Novelist Refused to Let Her Beloved Game Characters Die

I was a player of an MMORPG [massively multi-player online role-playing game] called “City of Heroes.” This was a game where you would create a character by putting together how they looked from a collection of parts, decide what kind of superpowers they had, write out their biography in a little box specifically provided for […]

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Writing to Find the Hero In Ourselves

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Writing to Find the Hero In Ourselves

by Carol Pratt Bradley My family enjoys watching historical films and we loved the 2003 movie, Luther, about Martin Luther and the Reformation. I had also read a book about William Tyndale, the man who translated the Bible into English. At the time, I was searching for an idea for my thesis novel for an […]

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Why You Should Take More Chances with Your Writing

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Why You Should Take More Chances with Your Writing

by C. Hope Clark Echoes of Edisto is the third in the Edisto Island Mysteries. Along the way, protagonist Callie Jean Morgan has suffered much in losing her profession as a detective, her husband, a child . . . then she relocates to Edisto unemployed, widowed, with one teenage child left to raise. She drinks. […]

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