Author Archives: Heather Whitaker

More Fun From Inkygirl Comics

More great comics from Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Check her out at

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5 Things Writers Can Learn from the World Cup

The recent international soccer game in Jacksonville got me thinking about the World Cup games, the consuming passion for them around the world, and what we – as writers – can learn from it. How World Cup Soccer is like … Continue reading

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Summer 2012 Interactive Lectures on Writing

Bring new life to your story this summer at these interactive lectures! Look what people are saying about the June 27th talks. June 27: Character and Conflict: Creating the Perfect Match July 11: High Stakes & Rising Tension: How to … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from editor Kate Sullivan

While decluttering my laptop today, I found an unpublished blog post from last fall that was too valuable not to share, so here it is: ****** Last fall, I attended a talk with brilliant editor Kate Sullivan (Little Brown) at … Continue reading

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Comic Relief for the Writer

Real life – just like stories – sometimes need a little comic relief. If your writing muse is feeling drained, a few minutes spent with the clever and hilarious comics of Debbie Ridpath, the creative force behind, is sure … Continue reading

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#1 Break free from past drafts with a plot outline

Writers often use plot outlines when planning a story, but this week I discovered how they can help in revising an existing manuscript. My YA novel is currently in its third draft. With each version, I had gone through the … Continue reading

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Books on Writing

Here are some books on writing that I have found especially helpful. General Fiction: The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman, How to Write a Breakout Novel by Donald Maas How to Write Science-Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card … Continue reading

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_ Set in the future, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is about 17 year-old Jenna who is recovering from a serious car accident. Watched over by a protective mother and a cold, distant grandmother, she struggles to piece together bits of … Continue reading

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CANDOR by Pam Bachorz

Wouldn’t life be great if it was easy to make the “right” choices? If you had everything you needed and everyone was always happy? If crime was non-existent and the streets litter-free? That’s life in the town of Candor, from … Continue reading

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Heather’s Road to Revision Part 1: Writer’s Block & Scene Analyses

Ever hit a brick wall when trying to revise the opening of a story? This is just what happened to me recently and the following is how I discovered the underlying problem for my “writer’s block” and what I’m doing … Continue reading

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