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The Magic Violinist: Author, Bbp Participant, Becoming Writer
Member since August 13, 2013

The Magic Violinist is a young author who writes mostly fantasy stories. She loves to play with her dog and spend time with her family. Oh, and she's homeschooled. You can visit her blog at themagicviolinist.blogspot.com. You can also follow The Magic Violinist on Twitter (@Magic_Violinist).

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5 Reasons Why You Should Write Short Stories
by The Magic Violinist in 5 Reasons Why You Should Write Short Stories
12:47 pm on February 21, 2019

“Writer” is an extremely broad term; after all, there are dozens of genres in which you might write. Poetry, novels, memoir, historical fiction, picture books, cookbooks, instruction manuals, fan-fiction, all of these barely scratch the surface of what you can do with your talents. No matter what you write, though, there are significant benefits to writing short stories that will help you learn and grow within your craft.

Start Your New Year Right With These 5 Tips for Creativity
by The Magic Violinist in Start Your New Year Right With These 5 Tips for Creativity
08:30 am on January 17, 2019

The New Year is upon us, and if you’re like me, you have all kinds of ideas about what you want to conquer in 2019. Now that you’ve had some time to mull over the goals you’ve set for yourself, it’s time to consider how you’re going to accomplish them in the best way possible. I have a few tips for creativity to help you start the year off well.

How to Set Your Writing Goals for the New Year
by The Magic Violinist in How to Set Your Writing Goals for the New Year
10:46 am on December 20, 2018

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the number of tasks you want to complete in 2019, never fear. I’ve definitely been there before. When everyone is posting on Facebook or their blogs about what they’re going to do come January 1, it can be easy to feel like you aren’t doing enough or that you don’t even know where to start.

Luckily, I have some prompts to help you decide what writing goals you want to focus on next year.

How to Fix Your Plot and Pacing With the Four Act Novel Structure
by The Magic Violinist in How to Fix Your Plot and Pacing With the Four Act Novel Structure
08:30 am on November 29, 2018

I recently went on a writing retreat with several other Young Adult writers, and Beth Revis helped each of us to fix the pacing and plot holes in our novels by using her four-act structure for a novel.

Some writing techniques aren’t for everybody, but as soon as she walked me through this outlining process, I was hooked. It gave me the perfect guideline for plotting all of my future novels. In fact, I used it to plot my NaNoWriMo novel for this year.

So let’s talk about the four-act novel structure and what some of the key points are in the outline to help you plan out your next book.

4 Speedy Strategies to Boost Your NaNoWriMo Word Count
by The Magic Violinist in 4 Speedy Strategies to Boost Your NaNoWriMo Word Count
10:59 am on October 18, 2018

Happy prep-tober! If you’re as excited for NaNoWriMo as I am, October is probably pretty busy for you. Now is the time to start printing your novel worksheets, introducing yourself on the NaNo forums, and scheduling time to write.

But NaNoWriMo isn’t always stress-free. Attempting to write 50k in a month is hard work. Luckily, I’m here with four tips to boost your word count.

Flash Fiction: Mastering the Art of the Shortest Short Stories
by The Magic Violinist in Flash Fiction: Mastering the Art of the Shortest Short Stories
10:59 am on September 20, 2018

In the writing world, flash fiction is like an appetizer. These “short short” stories may be small and end quickly, but they can be so satisfying. The trick isn’t to treat them like a short version of a longer work, but rather as an art form all its own. That’s not to say it isn’t challenging to write, because it is, but there are several strategies you can use to help you perfect your work.

How to Sell Books in Your Local Community
by The Magic Violinist in How to Sell Books in Your Local Community
10:54 am on July 19, 2018

Often times when writers dream of becoming bestselling authors, they picture worldwide success, with their novels translated into dozens of different languages and adapted into major motion pictures. One of the most important things to keep in mind, though, is that learning how to sell books is a process that starts small and, usually, starts locally.

How to Write a Young Adult Novel
by The Magic Violinist in How to Write a Young Adult Novel
10:46 am on May 17, 2018

Young adult novels have never been more popular. It started with the rise of Harry Potter and continued with hits like The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games, and Divergent. Have you ever wondered how to write a young adult novel?

Learning how to write fiction is one thing, but writing for teens is a whole different ball game. As a teen and an avid YA reader myself, I have a few tips for you.