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Every Writer's Biggest Problem Pinterest

Every aspiring or published author has experienced a few despicable writing problems! Today, David B. Ward helps us tackle our biggest writing monsters.

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"Our June spotlighted author is the mastermind behind the Lemoncello series, co-author of I Funny, and more, as well as someone who has worked with Robin Williamson and has a cat named Phoebe Squeak. Who is this fabulously creative person whose apartment was featured in the New York Times, you ask?"

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"The sun-soaked, ice-cream-stained, popsicle-dripped June book club novel is . . . "


"In the long-anticipated last book in the popular Caraval series, the deck of Fates has been released and the game has gotten a whole lot harder. Tella knows that the boy she fell in love with, Dante, doesn't actually exist; he was just a role Legend, the gamemaster, played. So why is falling out of love so much harder?"

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"Not many people can say they've co-authored a series that has sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide. Even less can say that they've published 21 books before turning 21, starred in an off-Broadway show, and started an incredibly popular 'style empowerment' website. But our May spotlighted author can!"

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"Despite what she's telling her classmates, Mia Tang doesn't actually live in a big house with a dog. Her and her parent run a motel, and every day Mia takes charge of the front desk while her mom and dad clean. Keys that don't work and cranky customers? No problem!"

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"Great books are the ones that you come back to again and again because the people in them have inspired you to be a better version of yourself . . . "


"Morrigan Crow is cursed, so she's used to dirty looks, taking the blame, and her family pretending she doesn't exist. She's long accepted the fact that, like every cursed child, she'll die on Eventide, her twelfth birthday. But Morrigan's grim, solitary world flips on its side when an eccentric man shows up on her doorstep the day she's supposed to die."

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"Love letters. Bomber jackets. Korean yogurt smoothies.

No, I'm not talking about your personal heaven. It's our April 2019 read . . . "

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"With delectable peachy notes and a melt-in-your-mouth coconut topping, these delicious cupcakes make spring seem right around the corner!"


"Whether you're in the Caribbean, the Himalayas, or your bed this spring break, you're going to need books. I mean, that's just common sense. For those with sandy toes or TV re-runs, here's a list of ten books that will make the perfect addition to every type of vacation."


"Perfect (see what I did there?) for fans of The Jewel and The Selection, Perfected is the thrilling first book about a girl named Ella, who lives in a futuristic world where it's legal to own "pets," who are beautiful girls with impeccable manners."

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'I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other.'


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"This charming book by Louisa May Alcott is as endearing as always - almost like coming home to a crackly fire and gooey chocolate chip cookies. Alcott will always be one of my favorite authors and I think she does a beautiful job in this book."

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"Love is in the air! Children are writing names on the backs of cardboard valentines, classrooms are decked out with paper hearts and crepe paper, the store is selling red hearts full of chocolate a dime a dozen . . . To all I say: bring me books!"

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"This tropical smoothie is the easiest thing to make! With pineapple and coconut milk as its only ingredients, you can whip this up on even the busiest of mornings."

"I honestly cannot recommend Jane Eyre highly enough, so I agreed to pick up this retelling if my friend promised to read the classic..."

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"This is Marie Kondo. Kondo has written two books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, in which she describes her unique Konmari cleaning method..."

"Beastly is an intriguing modern take on Beauty and the Beast for young readers. Kyle is a teenager in NYC who has everything..."

"Reading good books ruins you from enjoying bad books. ~Juliet Ashton, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

"The Summer I Turned Pretty is a summery, intoxicating read you won’t be able to put down! The novel follows the adventures of the main character Belly..."

"I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into starting this series, but man, I’m glad I picked it up! This suspenseful novel entrances you from the start..."

"These DIYs are perfect presents for anyone in your life! All of the supplies you need for these are cheap, and I guarantee that your family members will love these thoughtful gifts!"

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"This smoothie is loaded with fiber and fresh fruit! In the words of my dad, it tastes 'like a whole-grain raspberry crumble.' This smoothie is amazing! Tasty and protein-packed, I guarantee it will become your new breakfast go-to."

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“The thing is, sometimes people grow from breaking.”

~Julie Buxbaum, What to Say Next


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"Perfect for fans of Fish in a Tree and Out of my MindFocused offers a unique perspective on ADHD by showing it through the eyes of a plucky heroine. Readers will love Clea's honest take and her humor and compassion. I guarantee this fresh new novel will become a fan favorite!"


"Choosing character names is one of my favorite parts of writing! I think it's so cool how each name has a different meaning and connotation. Here is a list of ten names I love. I've included the meaning of the name and what genre I think it best fits. On a few of them, I've listed a few traits I thought of when I heard it. Hopefully, this post will help you find the perfect name to match your character's disposition or give you a much-needed boost of creativity!"

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"I absolutely love these books! These are cherished novels that I discovered a few years ago and have read several times since. They're all family-friendly reads that are perfect for read-alouds with fascinating plots, relatable characters, and witty banter. Realistic fiction is one of my favorite genres and these books are some of the best. I feel like these books are full of summer scrapes and hopes, the perfect ones to read outside in the spring."

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"I love these cookies! The sweet, fruity bursts of cranberries perfectly balance the creamy white chocolate chips. The rest of the cookie is delicious and melts in your mouth."

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"I read this book a long time ago and remember doodling dresses in the margins after I finished reading it. (Apparently, this habit has stuck with me ever since. Algebra teacher, I'm sorry I don't pay attention when you talk about scatter plots but I promise I have a beautiful silver dress in the left corner margin.)"

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"Do you have a big exam coming up? A science quiz you just can't fail? Look no further! I've compiled a complete guide full of all my favorite studying tips. Keep reading to discover healthy recipes, how to take notes, my favorite studying websites, and more!"

"Because spring is right around the corner (yay!), this is the perfect treat to whip up on a Saturday afternoon. Tasty and adorable, these might just replace your nightly ice cream ritual!"

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"I love everything about my library . . . the way the adult section's shelves are so tall you can get lost in them, the happy buzz that seems to radiate off readers, the cozy couch in the nonfiction section, the colorful magazine rack . . . What? Did you just call me a book nerd? Why, yes, yes I am."

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"Lou just got back from theater camp, and she's even more infatuated with being on stage than ever! When she spots her new neighbor sporting a Mary Poppins: the Musical T-shirt, her active imagination kicks into overdrive. Could he possibly be an MTN, musical theater nerd, just like her?"

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"Being a writer is hard! Sometimes you get stuck in ruts, your characters won't behave, and you can't seem to come up with a good plot. Today, I've compiled 10 Commandments that will help you have fun and inspire your fingers to get typing.

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"Cinnamon and sugar combined are one of the coziest, most delicious flavors ever, and what better way to incorporate them than in these delectably melty cookies?"

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"Hermione Granger is the queen who showed us that bossing boys around is cool, you should raise your hand so much it's annoying, and there's nothing better than a good book. Ms. Granger is a huge bookworm and an inspiration to all of us readers . . . "

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"Our February 2019 Author Spotlight writer is the five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary award and award-winning teacher Sharon M. Draper!"

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"Cinnamon and cashews are two foods that are great for your brain! Because cinnamon boosts brain activity and cashews are high in zinc, which is proven to reduce anxiety levels, this mouth-watering combination is the perfect studying snack."

"Have you ever loved a character so much you wanted to be just like them? When I was younger I always tried to channel my inner Hermione Granger..."

"Kathryn Stockett paints a captivating portrait of sun-baked 1963 Jackson, Mississippi in her fascinating novel The Help, told in turn by three women. Aibileen Clark is..."

"Trying to figure out where to put all those great books you got for Christmas? It's the perfect time to reorganize your shelves!"

"Have you ever read a book and wanted to eat everything they were eating? Sip a butterbeer in The Three Broomsticks? Try Marilla's infamous Raspberry Cordial? Look no further!"

"I am so pleased to announce that the first Author Spotlight on the new site is . . . the amazing Alan Gratz! *cue the fanfare* Aan Gratz is the author of the ever popular books..."

"These gifts are the perfect thing to pop into stockings . . . and they're cheap too! Your family is sure to love these little presents."

"When you say the name Jackie Kennedy, the words that come to most Americans’ minds are style, elegance, First Lady . . . and tragedy."

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"A classic is a book everyone wants to have read but no one wants to read."

~Mark Twain

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"Summer's here! Blue skies, water parks, and picnics ahead . . . right? I love everything about summer: mango popsicles, late-night trampoline jumps, and most importantly, no school. But we've all had a case of the Summer Boredom Blues before."

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"Acid washed jeans, feather haircuts, chokers . . . Fashion trends have been around for as long as we can remember, but a few have outlasted the rest. I'd personally much rather wear a flapper dress than orange patterned tights or shoulder pads! No matter where you stand on style fads, there's no denying that pop culture, movies, and TV shows have affected whether we wear corsets or velour tracksuits..."

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"Of course Annabel feels pressure to be perfect; she grew up in a home with two beautiful sisters, and a mother who encouraged all three girls to model. The oldest sister, Kirsten, is as loud as a foghorn and has a lot to say. The middle sister, Whitney, struggles with an eating disorder and an awful attitude that's put the whole family through the wringer. Her mom always said to be kind, so that's what Annabel tries to be: nice."

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"I won't call Sage, the main character in the book, a heroine. Her lack of perfection is simplistic and freeing in one sense, and her adamancy against changing her ways is morally corrupt in another. Again and again, Picoult raises a question. Are these characters monsters, good people in difficult situations, or just fundamentally human? Or are they all of these?"

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"I love snickerdoodles! Cookies are so easy to make (butter and sugars, egg and vanilla, dry ingredients, plop onto pan, and boom, you're done!). The smell of melty cinnamon and sugar as they come out of the oven is absolutely heavenly. Like Lara Jean said in P.S. I Still Love You, they're 'like a hug in your mouth.'"

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"Today I thought I would walk you through what my writing environment looks like and a few things that help me get typing. Everyone functions differently, and while you might swear by color-coded erasers, another might get their best ideas with their feet in their sock drawer."

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"Daddy Long Legs is the absolutely perfect book to read if you're lonely, in want of a rosebud bouquet, or a person in general. Jerusha Abbott (isn't that an awful name? She thinks so too.) is facing a bleak life as an eighteen-year-old orphan living in the John Grier      Home  . . . "

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"We all love a good Disney princess! But have you ever thought about how, even though we adore their stories, they all end in the same happily ever after? Vita Murrow re-imagines 15 cherished tales..."

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"Poignant and gripping, Albom's moving read fades in on a middle-aged man named Mitch, a sports writer unknowingly unhappy with his life. Decades ago, he promised his favorite professor he'd keep in touch, but he had forgotten all about him until one night when he was watching the news."

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"I'm super excited to write this post because it means I get to be a total dork for 4273 characters! Today, I've put together a list of 8 totally amazing gifts for book lovers! Whether you're looking for a present for your favorite bibliophile or want to treat yo self, I 100% guarantee you'll find something you love."


"Twisty-turvy, winsome, and whimsical in the best way possible, Winterhouse is charming and mysterious read that will enrapture generations of readers. Elizabeth, orphaned by her parents, is sent to a beautiful hotel alone over Christmas break by her cranky aunt and uncle."

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"Ah, infused water. My latest obsession. I'm a sucker for anything lemon and the tart taste combined with sweet raspberries reminds me of summer, which is a welcome thought in the dreary month of February."


"Punchy, fierce, and empowering, Michelle Obama's spellbinding new autobiography Becoming is one of the most anticipated reads of the year. Whatever you may think of her politics . . . "

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"So, if anyone ever tells you no, or anyone says your voice isn't important or your dreams are too big, remember these women. They persisted and so should you."

~ Chelsea Clinton

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"Fun flavored water is a great way to get in your eight glasses a day, and this cucumber-blackberry concoction is one of my favorites!"

"I adore this marvelous biography penned by Ann Shen of 100 fierce, fabulous women..."