In the summer of 2011, I made a very important decision: I chose not to play fantasy football for the first time in well over a decade… and I started working on my first picture book manuscript. I spent the next two years furiously writing and learning as much as I could about both the […]
From labyrinthine museums to desolate outback mining towns. From crumbling rainforest houses to the stinking streets of Victorian London. Setting takes centre stage in all my stories. I spend a lot of time thinking setting, worrying setting, growing setting. I spend a lot of time loving setting to life. Why is it so important? For […]
Growing up in Singapore was a lonely journey for me, compounded by the fact that I am an only child. My ‘sibling’ was my Japanese Spitz. My solace was reading and writing stories on note paper. My imagination was my most cherished companion. I read just about everything. Encyclopedias, picture books, Enid Blyton, and – […]
Here’s a guide to what you’ll need to know from the moment you get the “when do you have time to chat” email from an agent to after the offer of representation. I hope all unagented WriteOnCon writers will need this soon! WHAT I RESEARCHED BEFORE THE CALL: Agency Any red flags on Preditors or […]
Today I’d like to write about building relationships in YA and middle-grade novels. Creating relationships is critically important in your writing and are the building blocks of the books you write. I spent the first three years of my career working at Aladdin at Simon & Schuster where I became very familiar with middle-grade novels […]
It is good to work. Work with love and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and fear of failure. And when you work on your writing remember these things. Work with all your intelligence […]
When I was little my dad always used to say to me: “Writers write. Always.” It was a quote that he took from the Danny Devito movie, Throw Momma from the Train, and while I’m not sure that Danny Devito was one of my dad’s idols, he was certainly a huge fan. But something about […]
Hey guys, Cassandra here! I’m so glad WriteOnCon is back and bigger and better than ever! For this panel you’ll get the perspective and advice from not just one, but a whole gaggle of freelance editors! We’ll answer the obvious questions, the not so obvious, and the interesting! Let’s jump in, shall we? Question 1: […]
The Day On March 30th, 2016, around nine in the morning on a normal day off, I stepped into the shower. It was a normal shower. Lather, rinse, repeat as needed, etc. Only as I reached out a hand to turn off the water I was suddenly smacked in the face by a feeling of […]
Though I’m not an author, I can imagine the profound feeling of relief an author must feel the day he or she turns in that finished manuscript. After multiple rounds of revisions with your editor, debating which scenes to trim and which characters’ emotional arcs to fine-tune, after email chains of motivational cat videos… at […]
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