By

Sarah Aronson
Structure is freedom. This advice was given to me by the late, great Norma Fox Mazer. She told me: when you know what you are going to write…when you know what you want to say…it’s a whole lot easier to say it. She was the one who taught me: don’t worry about VOICE until you...
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When you read it in the ladies’ room, you KNOW it has to be true. What I love most about this photo? When I was having trouble with a manuscript, the great Deborah Brodie told me: Eat dessert first! In other words: write what you want to. Don’t worry about the hard scenes. OR the...
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Don’t save that revelation for later: spend it now! What happens next is ALWAYS more interesting than the filler you would have created, pacing the reader for what you already know.  
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I call her Church door Mona Lisa. Do you see a smile, a frown, a skull, or a character from Captain Underpants?
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Is there anything more distracting to the process of writing than waiting for an important letter???? No there is not. That’s why, the motto of my day is: take a break! Get the errands done. Stay busy. Don’t think you can be productive when you are distracted!
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Yesterday, when my writing felt a bit off, I gave myself some quiet time. Such a gift! Quiet time…or still time…often helps me put things in order. Or figure out what isn’t working. Sometimes, I stumble on something (literally) or overhear a piece of dialogue that was just what I needed. Nice view, too. Right?...
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In my writers.com classes, I often (read: almost always) ask the writer to come up with a chapter to chapter synopsis, to analyze the main action and main emotion of EACH and EVERY scene. What this helps me do: pinpoint the places where nothing is happening….and where the emotion is not evolving. NOTE: before I...
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Are you working on a final draft? If so, let’s be brave. Read your work out loud. Read to a friend or an empty room. Either way, you will hear things that your eyes might have missed!
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As I start one new WIP, I am finishing another. It is a novel I began a very long time ago. It is hugely gratifying to finish (and humbling, too. Apparently, I am not so good at knowing when paragraphs begin and end!) Each new project offers new challenges, new discoveries, new obstacles. This one...
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About Sarah

Sarah Aronson holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of one picture book, The Princess and the Pea: A Very Short Pop-Up, and three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, Believe, and The Wish List.