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How to Survive a Critique

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I have a love-hate relationship with critiques. I recognize they’re important (especially if you’re planning to self-publish the way I am), yet it hurts to hear my work isn’t perfect, and it’s even tougher to tell someone else what’s wrong with their work, which I have to regularly do as a(…)

Do You Ever Wish You Were Someone Else?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I used to wish I was more like other people. I wanted to be funny like my brother. Smart like the people on Jeopardy. I wanted the fashion sense of my cousins, and the patience of my grandma. Basically, I wished I was like everyone but me. What I forgot was(…)

Would You Sleep In A Hotel Made of Ice?

What do Captain America, Brendan Fraser, and Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel have in common? No idea? They were all frozen in ice and re-animated years later. Far be it from me to argue with the writers of Captain America, Encino Man, and Ice Age, but even though it would mean prolonging my life, the idea(…)

How to Create a Truly Frightening Villain

In my first-year English class at university, we dissected John Milton’s Paradise Lost—an epic poem set in heaven, hell, and the Garden of Eden during the creation and fall of man. I didn’t keep many of my English “textbooks,” but I kept that one. It was the start of my love affair with villains. I(…)

Wreck-It Ralph: What Would Happen If We All Put Others First?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Wreck-It Ralph is an animated movie starring the villain of the arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr. Ralph’s role in the game is to smash an apartment complex with his giant fists. Felix fixes Ralph’s damage using his magic hammer. If the player wins, Felix gets a medal from the Nicelanders whose(…)

Three Tips for Better Listening

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If you’ve ever been in any sort of relationship, you’ve probably heard the accusation “You’re not listening to me.” Recently, August McLaughlin, one of my favorite bloggers, nominated me for the Reader Appreciation Award in her post on Thoughtful Blog Reading: Habits and Perks. This award honors faithful readers for the(…)

Have You Nominated Your Favorite Blog Yet?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Strangely enough, along with this being the season for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s also the season for blog contests, and the nominations will soon close for two contests I wanted you to know about. Nominating a blog you enjoy is one of the best ways to support and encourage that blogger,(…)

Do You Need to Slow Down?

Because I’m headed to Virginia this week to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s family (and because I assume many of you will be feeling the rush of trying to fit a week’s worth of work into less than a week’s worth of days), I decided to refresh and replay one of my favorite older posts(…)

Elemental Magic and Underwater Panthers

I’m very excited to welcome back Angela Wallace to guest post. I interviewed her when she released the second book in her suspense-filled urban fantasy series Elemental Magic (click here to read Behind the Scenes: Angela Wallace and Elementals), and now she’s agreed to come back and tell us about the frightening mythical creature that(…)

What Type of Edit Does Your Book Need?

By MarcyKennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve noticed a lot of confusion lately about the types of edits your manuscript might need to go through before you send it out into the world. It’s understandable since often terms that aren’t interchangeable are used like synonyms. So if you’ll forgive the geekery of this post, I want to help(…)