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Stolen Heart (Writing Prompts)

Writing Prompts

Stolen Heart (Writing Prompts)

I'm not the only one who's missed these weekly prompts, so for those who've asked about them and for me, they're back! If you want a poke, a wee gentle poke, a soft poke, a pokey-poke to inspire you to pen a few words each week, consider this that. Look at the image, the words, both or neither, and write something. It may have everything to do with the prompt we've provided or nothing, it doesn't matter so long as you write. Put what you write in the comments below, because then it's out there and we can all see...

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Thoughts from a Biracial Sun Summoner

Biracial representation Kaitee Yaeko Tredway Representation

Thoughts from a Biracial Sun Summoner

By Kaitee Yaeko Tredway Seeing Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov in the Netflix adaptation of Shadow & Bone was hugely important to me. I had never seen a biracial (and Asian!) main character in mainstream fantasy before. In the wake of the show, there was a lot of backlash against the microaggressions Alina experiences and the level of racism portrayed, especially among the bookstagram community. This essay was born from my need to say something, to advocate for this kind of representation. When the teaser for S&B dropped and I saw Jessie Mei Li for the first time, all...

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"Great, I hate it!" Why You May Not Like Your Book's Cover (and What You Can Do About It)

Book covers publishing reference

"Great, I hate it!" Why You May Not Like Your Book's Cover (and What You Can Do About It)

As a writer for whom book covers have been created and an editor who commissions covers for others, let me tell you something true: We don't always love our book's cover right away. Book Cover Expectations: Let's Go Back In Time When I was a teen, Casey Kasem hosted a weekly top 40 radio show; I listened for years before I finally saw a photo of Kasem himself, and: No. Nope. Nada, that's not what Casey Kasem looks like. Except. Except what did I think he looked like? I don't know. I'd had no idea I even had expectations until...

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Sneak Peek: In Full Uniform

Bo Starsky Book Peek In Full Uniform Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek: In Full Uniform

Seeing young, twenty-something white men dressed in army fatigues and carrying a duffle bag isn’t a rarity of itself, but there’s something about this one that stands out. Not only is he broad in the shoulders with thighs that fill out those camo trousers perfectly, but he has the gentlest eyes of anyone Huan has ever seen. He’s in love. Never shy about making the first move, Huan walks right up to him on the bus and says, “Is this seat taken?” He tries to be flirty with it, but on a scale of one to ten, where one is...

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Writing Non-Binary Characters (a Very Personal View)

#OwnVoices Ali Coyle Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging Volume Blue Writing Non-Binary Characters

Writing Non-Binary Characters (a Very Personal View)

By Ali Coyle I love to meet nonbinary characters in fiction. I love nonbinary protagonists, nonbinary antagonists, and nonbinary side characters hanging around in the background, waiting for their fleeting chance to exist and prod the plot along while the main characters catch a break. What I love even more is nonbinary characters who are sensitively written. But what does that mean to me? Below are my three favourite things about well-written, fictional, nonbinary characters. Disclaimer: this is my personal view as a nonbinary human and you are free to agree or disagree to whatever extent is comfortable for you....

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