Author Archives: Heather Whitaker

A Conversation on Choosing Your Point of View

In September, I had the delightful opportunity to speak on Conversations Around the Writer’s Table, a call-in program hosted by fellow editor, Gina Edwards, to lend advice to aspiring writers. We had discussed the basics of POV for half an … Continue reading

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Teaching Through All Obstacles

Ask readers to list the top five reasons that will cause them to walk away from a book, and one of them is guaranteed to be a protagonist they can’t get behind, often one who doesn’t fight for his goal. … Continue reading

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Of commas and friendly debates

A few days after having a debate with a friend about the proper uses of commas (in particular, the Oxford comma), I came across this comic from one of my favorite cartoonists and illustrators, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, which reminded me … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Whether you’re already published or just starting down the winding road of writing, I hope you’ll find something useful at this site. Specializing in novels and memoirs, I work with writers of children’s literature, adult literary and genre fiction, and … Continue reading

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I am living my childhood dream

When I was a kid I alternately told my friends I wanted to be a detective or a scientist when I grew up, or possibly a combination of the two. But what I really, really wanted (and revealed to my … Continue reading

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Revision Workshop with Tallahassee Authors Network

Thanks to the wonderful writers at Tallahassee Authors Network (TAN) for inviting me to present a workshop on writing and revision. The focus of the workshop was the importance of revision and how to revise more effectively, with attendees learning … Continue reading

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Free Revision Workshop this Saturday

I will be giving a free revision workshop this Saturday at the monthly meeting of the Tallahassee Authors Network (TAN). TAN is open to published authors and unpublished writers alike. To learn more about TAN while honing your revision skills, … Continue reading

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New Story Creation Workshops Underway!

Do you have an idea for a story but can’t figure out how to make it into a novel? Have you already written a novel but there’s something lacking in the plot? Maybe you have the full outline for a … Continue reading

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Interview with Debut Author Laura Lascarso

Laura Lascarso’s debut novel, COUNTING BACKWARDS (Atheneum, ISBN: 1442406909), hit bookshelves last week.The novel tells the story of 16-year-old Taylor Truwill. Strong-willed and troubled, she wants only one thing: an escape from her life. But when she’s caught escaping in … Continue reading

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Need inspiration? Just look to teen writers.

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure to lead a writing exercise at the Leon County library with a group of teens from the Palmer Monroe Teen Center. (A big thank you to Deirdre Tolia of Youth Services and the lovely … Continue reading

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