10606245_10152443480111359_8129806540736069779_n October 23

Unsung Heroes

Last month I went to a Thirty Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park concert in Denver and in the middle of the show I had an an epiphany — to be truly successful, something has to have solid support. I witnessed this first hand that night. In the middle of the song Do or Die, […]

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Haters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate

This weekend Kathleen Hale shockingly admitted to stalking and harassing a blogger who gave her book a poor rating. The Guardian gave her a platform to tell the entire internet about it and everyone was shocked and dismayed, even more so because she seems to believe she was justified. In case you didn’t know, you […]

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You guys have heard of Pledge Music, right?

PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, which brings artists and fans together to share in the experience of music as it happens. (You can learn more about them here.) It’s kind of like Kickstarter for music, but with more of a fan forum feel. And you guys, I LOVE it. I first stumbled upon the […]

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Changing The Tone

Last week, I introduced a guitar playing friend to the Mahavishnu Orchestra.  They had been on my mind recently due to my new favorite online music platform putting them on heavy rotation.  I had done all the prerequisite talking up of the band to my friend, explaining how John McLaughlin was one of the greatest jazz […]

ITDnecklace October 09

Q & A with Author Dierdre Hall (Plus Giveaway!)

Hey, y’all! Today on ATWN, I’m excited to bring you an interview with author Dierdre Riordan Hall! Once you’ve checked out the Q & A (complete with info about her books, road trip discussion, and a couple of impressive playlists) be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an e-copy of the music-inspired novel […]

cry October 07

Five Songs for Crying

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of using music to help me set the tone for my writing. My last ATWN post, Five Songs for Kissing, listed some of the more recent additions to my kissing scene playlist. Today I’m giving you more songs, this time for those sad scenes where the characters are […]

Andy-Dwyer-Saying-Great-Idea September 29

Flattery Will Get You Everywhere.

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I got to meet some awesome YA authors so it was fun for me! So The Voice is back and I’m loving this new group of judges. Pharrell is out for blood! If you don’t watch The Voice, it’s similar to American Idol, where singers […]

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Win A Copy Of A New Zine For Teens, SMALLER TOWN — Complete With Limited Edition Cassette

The other week, I wrote about going punk-rock and starting my own small press/record label to self-publish my debut YA novel, PLACID GIRL. Now, I’m ready to announce the first offering from All Ages Press: SMALLER TOWN, the first in a series of ‘zines for teens — the inaugural edition of which comes with a […]

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We’re Looking For A Few Good Writers…

Are you a Young Adult or Middle Grade writer? Do you love music?   Would you like to join our team here at All The Write Notes? How to Apply You must have the ability to blog, talk about music, interview other writers/musicians, do giveaways, make playlists, and the desire to be part of an amazing group […]

CD_1 September 11

The Compact Disc – Why I’m not ready to quit them just yet.

My family and I recently closed on and moved into our new house. After nine months of displacement in a tiny apartment (with 3 kids and 3 dogs, mind you) I can’t tell you how very exciting this time is for us. We are thrilled to have a true home again. We are also thrilled […]

gilded September 08


As a fan of All the Write Notes, I’m thrilled to be sharing with you my playlist for SILVERN, the sequel to GILDED. Music is a huge component for when I’m creating a world for my stories. I love building an atmosphere and a mood through my words so when I write my first drafts, […]

DIY September 04

Why I Decided To Go Punk And Self-Publish My Debut Novel

I’m jealous of my friends in bands — for a farther-reaching reason than because they’re better at karaoke than me. It’s because they always seem like they’re doing something. They’re releasing singles! They’re dropping music videos! They’re playing shows! They’re having myriad nervous breakdowns via my GChat window. (All y’all are probably thinking that last […]

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Labor Day!?

Not going to lie. Sometimes holidays confuse me. Like Easter. With the bunny and the eggs. But Labor Day? That one, after a bit of research, is just as straight-forward as it sounds: it was organized in 1882 as a day of celebration, tribute, and rest for working men and women, and it happens on the first Monday in September for […]

sequels August 25

Sequels and Sophomores

We’ve all been there. We’ve read a new book or listened to a new album and absolutely fell in love. We re-read and re-listen and soak in the magic. Then, to our utter delight, we discover that the book is going to have a sequel! Or the artist is already working on a sophomore album! […]

kiss August 21

Five Songs for Kissing

It’s no secret that I use music to help me write. Typically, it’s either the lyrics or the beat of the song that helps me through a scene (lyrics for the super emotional ones, beat for the action scenes). But when it comes to kissing and romance, the songs I listen to have to have that […]

FRACTURE August 14

ATWN Guest Post: YA Author, Melanie Hooyenga – The Pressure of Number Two: Let Lorde Lead the Way

Hello Everyone! I’m so excited because we have a special guest today on the blog! YA author, Melanie Hooyenga has stopped by to share a post about writing that second book. If you haven’t read her novels FLICKER or FRACTURE, you’re missing out! I also have the pleasure of knowing Melanie in real life too, […]

memorex August 05

Summer Mix

I’m about 2/3 of the way through my summer.  Being a teacher, I have a very clear definition of what my summer actually looks like and my summer is coming to a close.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not whining.  I’m very aware that I still have about twenty days left of unabashed work-free living (although, […]

servantsofthestorm July 24

ATWN Interview: YA Author Delilah Dawson

Welcome to Delilah Dawson, author of the YA Southern Gothic Horror, Servants of the Storm! We wanted to the get the inside scoop on how music played such an important role in the creation of this creeptastic novel. Can you give us the blurb or even an elevator pitch about Servants of the Storm?  Southern […]

Goos July 17

the Rebel Beat

“Can you hear that noise? It’s a rebel sound. We got nowhere else to go. And when the sun goes down, and we fill the streets, You’re gonna dance ‘til the morning to the rebel’s beat.” ~Rebel Beat by The Goo Goo Dolls Guys! Live music! Am I right? Because you know what? I’ll admit […]

Raidersteaser July 14

What’s The Score?

Note:  This post is a little bit inspired by this fantastic post  on soundtracks by ATWN’s own Tonya Kuper.  I highly recommend you read it. It’s that time–Summer movie season.  If you had guessed, my pick for Song Of The Week here at All The Write Notes is based on a Summer movie, Guardians Of The […]


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