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Thursday Hint

This writing challenge I began by writing more than 1000 words each day. Then I had to do a final rewrite for my novel that comes out with Shadow Mountain next year.

I always think I will write faster than the average bear (and I just may) but this took several writing days from our challenge. I had to concentrate on that. I sent the book in yesterday morning. And now I am back writing my mid grade novel.

1000 words a day.

My hint?

Is your character making choices or are things just happening to her?

Is she changing? How? Why?



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Author Interview: Julie Shepard


As a child of the 70’s, Julie’s writing career began on a Smith Corona typewriter, where she hammered out terrible short stories about dog catchers and homicidal identical twins who conspire to get away with murder.
Julie knows that success as a writer is a goal no one can achieve alone, which is why she is actively involved in the writing community—attending conferences and workshops, meeting with fellow SCBWI members for a monthly critique group, and holding various committee positions for YARWA. While her sons have already flown the coop, Julie and her husband still occupy their own slice of paradise in South Florida.

You have an awesome new book out called ROSIE GIRL. Can you tell us about it?How you came up with the idea?
Psychological suspense with an unexpected twist! For me, a story unfolds slowly and unpredictably, so the idea took shape over time.

Tell us about your experience getting into publishing. How long did it take you?
Can “forever” be my answer? Because that’s what it feels like. I queried my first novel about fourteen years ago.

What writing advice do you have for someone trying to breakout in the market?
Study the craft of novel writing. Read every book you can, in multiple genres. Network with other writers. And this was the hardest part for me: Share your writing. It’s the only way you’ll really get a sense of how it appeals (or doesn’t) to others.

When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Anything outside! (Although I do write outside, too, so I guess I should give another answer.) Yoga, reading, long walks with my husband, and lounging in the pool or ocean when the water is warm enough.

Do you listen to music when you write, if so, what’s your playlist like?
Never! Need it fairly quiet to work.

Everyone writes about people they know. Who shows up in your books over and over?
The bad boy!

What are you working on now?
A murder mystery!

Where can we find out more about you and your new book?

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is it going?

Here is a poem to think about.

My favorite stanza:

When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

Maybe at the beginning of your writing time, write about this.

One hour a day. xoxo

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Just FYI…

I’ll be doing a little twitter interview tonight at 7pm with Utah Books.

You can find more info at:


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Monday Challenge Hint(s)

Do you know where this book is headed? By now you should have an idea. If you’re stuck, write scenes. One scene an hour.

What have you learned about your main character?

Who has surprised you most in this writing process–as far as characters? People you’re working with? Living with?

We’re two weeks in. Have you written one hour each day? Do you miss the time if you don’t write? Are you thinking about your novel on off hours?


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Thursday Challenge Hint

Don’t be afraid to say, “Hey, yu’s guys. I said this was my time and it is.”

One hour a day, that’s all we ask.

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Hey, thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the “mystery” book party yesterday.
It was great to see all your pretty faces.

Now, let’s get back to writing! (and reading. And writing some more!)


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