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  • Sunday Smatterings
    Hello, friends! It’s that time again, to set aside an hour, pour a steaming mug of tea or coffee, and do some Sunday reading and contemplation. One of my goals for 2019 is to take Sundays to read the... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-12-09
  • Nanowrimo Now What? – Rewriting
    by Alexandra SokoloffNow that we've had some time off from the frenzy of writing that was November, we need to get back to those drafts and - yike! - see what we've got.This is assuming two crucial things:       1. You have FINISHED your draft. If not, keep writing Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-12-05
  • Sunday Smatterings
    Happy December! We’re barreling into the end of the year, aren’t we. The holidays sometimes feel like a freight train is bearing down on me, but this year, I’m feeling quite mellow. I have a lot of... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-12-02
  • #Nanowrimo endgame: What makes a great climax?
    by Alexandra Sokoloff It's the last day of #Nanowrimo. Technically. But the thing is, it doesn't REALLY matter. What matters is that you use the momentum of this month to get your book done. That may very well NOT be tomorrow. That's okay! Wherever you are is where you need Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-11-30
  • Nanowrimo home stretch: Elements of Act III
    by Alexandra SokoloffOkay!! It's the last week - we're into Act III, now! Or maybe, even probably, you're not that far yet, which is perfectly fine. As long as you're writing, it's all good. The book will be done when it's done.But if you are into Act III, here are the Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-11-28
  • Nanowrimo: Elements of Act II: Part 2
    by Alexandra SokoloffWhile I am moving on to prompts for the second half of Act Two, remember that wherever you are in this process is just fine. Personally I think it would be a little crazy to be into the second half of the second act in just three weeks!So if you're not this far, Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-11-26
  • Sunday Smatterings
    Blessed Sunday to ye! Well, we’re officially easing into December this week. I know many author friends who’ve wisely wrapped their writing year and are taking December to enjoy family, friends, and... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-11-25
  • Hello From the Writing Trenches
    It’s been a busy couple of months! In addition to the release of TOO FAR GONE, the 14th (!!!) Lucy Kincaid thriller, I finished NOTHING TO HIDE, revised, and just received the copy edits today. I know what I’ll beRead more › Read Full Article
    Source: Allison BrennanPublished on 2018-11-19
  • A THOUSAND DOORS Contest – Match The Song To The Life
    I always have a soundtrack for my books, and A THOUSAND DOORS is no different… except this one was compiled en masse, with each author offering their own song to match their story. Can you match the... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-11-19
  • Sunday Smatterings
    Hello, friends! It’s been quite a week here in JT-land. Biggest news first: Season three of A WORD ON WORDS has been nominated for an EMMY! I went to the nomination party Thursday night and I admit,... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-11-18
  • The Sixth Day Trade Paperback is Here!
    Happy Release day to us! THE SIXTH DAY trade paperback is on sale today! Look at this gorgeous artwork! It’s stunning, and I love it! ... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-11-13
  • New book! – Hollywood vs. the Author
    I’m psyched to announce that I have an essay in Hollywood vs. the Author, out today.Hollywood vs. the AuthorIt’s (almost) every author’s dream to sell their book or series to Hollywood. But most know very little about the actual process, despite the vague and slightly terrifying rumors—which authors tend to Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-11-13
  • Nanowrimo: Act Two questions and prompts
    ACT TWO, PART ONEby Alexandra Sokoloff, from STEALING HOLLYWOOD: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors(Elements of Act I checklist is here).Get free Story Structure extras and movie breakdowns In a 2-hour movie Act II, Part 1 starts at about 30 minutes, and ends at about 60 minutes.In a 400-page book Act II, Part Read Full Article
    Source: Alexandra SokoloffPublished on 2018-11-12
  • What Lies Behind has a new cover!
    Wrapping up our new cover scheme for the Samantha Owens novels is the 4th book in the series, WHAT LIES BEHIND. For your enjoyment, here is the origin blog post for the book, which was a complicated... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-11-12
  • Sunday Smatterings
    Hello, friends! A fun week has drawn to a close. Toured Chapel Hill with my BFF from high school, took part in a great panel on Villains at the Chapel Hill Library (thanks to Tracy Babiesz, Susan... Read Full Article
    Source: JT EllisonPublished on 2018-11-11