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Member since May 4, 2016

Sarah Gribble is the best-selling author of dozens of short stories that explore uncomfortable situations, basic fears, and the general awe and fascination of the unknown. She’s currently cooking up more ways to freak you out and working on a novel. Follow her @sarahstypos or join her email list for free scares at https://sarah-gribble.com.

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
03:21 pm on April 19, 2019

Week #9: “Lamproie”; WC: 5,704 Total word count: 31,774 I’m posting a bit early and still hope to get some more words on [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
06:46 pm on April 12, 2019

Week #8: “Lamproie”; WC: 2,276 Total word count: 26,240 This week I worked on the budding relationship between Blake and Claire and hated [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
05:58 pm on April 5, 2019

Week #7: “Lamproie”; WC: 3,164 Total word count: 23,864 Welp. I’m behind again. I worked on a few challenging scenes this week and [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
03:17 pm on March 29, 2019

Week #6: “Lamproie”; WC: 6,373 Total word count: 20,700 I finally got it all typed up, y’all! Oh wow was that a pain. [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
04:25 pm on March 22, 2019

Week #5: “Lamproie”; WC: about 2,400 Total word count: about 14,500 These are approximate word counts, as I’m still writing by hand and [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
08:05 pm on March 15, 2019

Week #4: “Lamproie”; WC: 2017 Total word count: 12, 027 As predicted las time, my word count was pretty bad this week. I [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
04:15 pm on March 8, 2019

Week #3: “Lamproie”; WC: 4910 Total word count: 10,010 (!!!!) This week I put together a storyboard on my wall, made a ton [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
07:38 pm on March 1, 2019

Week 2: LAMPROIE; WC: 2632 Total word count: 5189 What I worked on: Structure! I spent a good portion of my writing time [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in One Year to Publish
01:04 pm on February 15, 2019

Lamproie (working title) Premise: A despondent guy who wants to recapture what he sees as his rightful social status in a small island community [more]

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Sarah Gribble
in Write to Publish
09:58 am on December 26, 2018

If you are someone who got behind because of the holidays (understandable!), I’d recommend focusing on the lessons and assignment for week 3 [more]

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Callie Sutcliffe on How to Develop Characters Readers Will Love
by Sarah Gribble in Callie Sutcliffe on How to Develop Characters Readers Will Love
12:32 pm on April 3, 2019

How many times have you heard someone say a character in a movie or book felt “flat” or cliché? As writers, we want to create strong characters our readers will fall in love with. We don’t want readers to be bored or roll their eyes at the people we’ve created. Today we’re talking with romance author Callie Sutcliffe on how to develop characters readers care about.

R. L. Stine MasterClass Review: Will This Help You Write Stories Readers Love?
by Sarah Gribble in R. L. Stine MasterClass Review: Will This Help You Write Stories Readers Love?
10:24 am on March 27, 2019

R.L. Stine is the author of over 300 books for readers ages 7 to 15. Generations of kids have been introduced to the wonderful world of horror through Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street series. Stine is a true master of reaching young readers, and who better to host his course than MasterClass?

In this post, I’m going to share my personal R.L. Stine MasterClass review. I’ll outline what’s in the course, what I learned and what I didn’t, and why you should (or shouldn’t!) take the class.

Michelle Dalton on How to Write From the Heart
by Sarah Gribble in Michelle Dalton on How to Write From the Heart
11:14 am on February 6, 2019

Writing is hard enough when you’re writing action scenes and plot twists. It’s even harder when you have to write an emotional scene, especially if it’s one that comes from your own experiences. We’re talking with romance writer Michelle Dalton to find out how she deals with choosing to write from the heart.

Whether you love the genre or loathe it, romance novels can teach you how to connect emotionally with your reader.

Edmund Stone on How to Use Horror to Improve Your Writing
by Sarah Gribble in Edmund Stone on How to Use Horror to Improve Your Writing
12:39 pm on January 31, 2019

Fear is the base element of horror. Fear is also the base element of all other stories. Fear of failure, fear of being abandoned, fear of change, fear of giant spiders invading your basement . . . it’s all horror in the end.

Learning to be one with that fear and to use all five senses to describe it will help you uncover the deepest feelings of your characters, whether you’re writing a horror novel or a YA romance.

How to Turn a Writing Prompt You Hate Into a Story You Love
by Sarah Gribble in How to Turn a Writing Prompt You Hate Into a Story You Love
11:03 am on January 9, 2019

There’s no shortage of writing prompts out there. We even do them with every post here on the Write Practice blog.

Prompts have a place in writing, whether it’s overcoming writer’s block or simply as a warmup to get your brain moving. Writing prompts are awesome.

Until they’re not.

What do you do if you hate the writing prompt you’re given?

How to Conduct Research for a Book
by Sarah Gribble in How to Conduct Research for a Book
10:39 am on November 13, 2018

You might think you don’t need to do much research because you’re writing fiction. (Isn’t fiction just making stuff up?!) You’d be wrong.

Your readers expect to be transported to your setting and to understand your characters so fully, they seem like real people. Little things like using the wrong jargon or having your main character wear the wrong type of bodice can jar your reader out of the story and cause them to lose respect for you as a writer. If they can’t trust you to get the facts right, why should they trust you to guide them through a story?

Like it or not, research is a writer’s best friend. (Next to caffeine, anyway.) So let’s talk about how to conduct research for a book.