Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

By Clover Brooks Camp NaNoWriMo is a great program that I highly recommend if you want to get your book down quickly! Like NaNoWriMo (an event that happens every November), you commit to writing your novel in 30 days. Except, the one thing that separates Camp NaNoWriMo from the original is the lack of real…

Castle Hangnail

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon Reviewed by Sada Wright Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 Content Warnings: None When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle’s minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used…

What Do Publishers Look for?

Advice given by Emma Nelson at UVU Teen Writing Camp, 6/9/17 Notes Taken and Arranged by Clover Brooks I’m almost positive this question has passed through many authors minds – including my own.  We as writers try our hardest to write the best books we can, but what if we get to the end and no…

Accepting Rejection – Book Wise

By: Clover Brooks Ah yes… the one thing authors dread the most (other than tripping and falling over writer’s block). Rejection. (Not relationship rejection, mind you. Book rejection. Let’s clear that up right now, haha). I just experienced this recently as I received yet another rejection letter for the first book in my original series,…

Farworld

Farworld by Jay Scott Savage Reviewed by K. Cushing Amazon Rating: 4.3/5 Content Warnings: None Even though thirteen-year-old Marcus Kanenas is confined to a wheelchair, he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far away a world where magic is as common as air, where…

UVU Writing Camp!

Interested in a great writing camp opportunity? At UVU, Jennifer Jenkins is teaching a week-long writing camp! How cool is that? The course will cover almost everything from how authors get their ideas, to plotting, to story structure, to how to create well-rounded and realistic characters, to building worlds, and so much more! If you’re…

Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Reviewed by Katya Pilkington Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 Content Warnings: None As the eldest of three, Sophie Hatter had accepted that it was not her place to seek her fortune. When the Witch of the Waste curses the young hat-maker into an old woman, Sophie leaves her quiet life…

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green Reviewed by K. Cushing Amazon Rating: 4.2/5 CONTENT WARNINGS: NONE Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life- dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-…

13 Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Reviewed by Amber Neville Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 Content Warnings: Swearing, sexual harassment, sexual assault, Mention of suicide, mentions of alcoholic drinks You can’t stop the future.  You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play. Clay Jensen returns home…

“Keep it hush-hush” – Writing Secrets

By: Clover Brooks So, you’re here because your character needs a secret, huh? I don’t blame you. (Confession: I honestly researched this topic for myself and felt like I needed to make a blog post out of the stuff I found. It was priceless and I thought you guys would love it!) First, what is…