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 […]

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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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Hidden Gems

When it comes to great books and music, one of two statements usually apply: 1. Everyone is talking about them. 2. No one is talking about them. (But they should be.) The first statement is very prevalent. Turn on your local radio station. Check out the NYT Best Sellers list. There are some great songs and books, and […]

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Arc Giveaway (over) & 10 Questions + With…Author Megan Whitmer.

Today at All The Write Notes, I’m excited to have “10 Questions With” our own Megan Whitmer. Megan’s debut YA Fantasy, Between, is out July 29th on Spencer Hill Press and she stopped by to chat about her book, music, and writing. Oh, and Megan has graciously offered up an ARC of Between to giveaway […]

final.jpg July 04

Where My Memories Are Found

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. I just moved, and not across town. I packed up my family and moved half way across the country. I don’t regret or begrudge the reasons for the move, but it has been a huge struggle. And still ongoing. And will be until the end of August. So what’s my […]

Crying Dawson June 30

5 Songs To Cry To.

Hello! I hope you’re having a good Monday so far! So lately there’s been a lot of sad in my reading, writing, and movie watching. In honor of the many cries I’ve had lately, I thought I’d compile 5 of my favorite songs to cry to. Everyone needs a good cry, right? Oh man, Logan. […]

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Guest Post: Author Jen McConnel talks witches, theme songs, and why everything’s better in threes + GIVEAWAY

I’m super stoked to introduce Jen McConnel today! Jen’s the coolest! She’s also the author of the recently-released YA novel DAUGHTER OF CHAOS, and she graciously agreed to pop over, talk writing & tunes, and give away a paperback copy of DOC. So after you read about why EVERYTHING is better in threes… be sure […]

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Soundtracks Matter

I’ve talked about my appreciation of movie soundtracks before, and even my enthusiasm for accompanying playlists for novels, so it should be no surprise that I revisit this topic further. Along with the other writers here at ATWN, I LOVE the idea of music being a companion and/or influence for other arts, including stories – […]

crying June 16

How Querying Is Like Dating — And How To Deal

When I first started querying agents about my YA novel, my very good friend — and crit partner — Stephanie Feuer told me, “Get ready. This is gonna be worse than dating.” At the time, I didn’t believe her (I’m a 20something single woman who lives in Brooklyn… Can anything be more challenging than that?). […]

h0746BDA3 June 12

The Funk: A Call For Help

Consider this my call for help. (this is me…the one being hugged) It’s not often that it happens. That horrendous, painful abyss I call The Funk. It’s when I’m completely devoid of all inspiration to listen to old music, find new music, and simply touching my iPod makes me bored. It’s truly awful. But what’s […]

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“On the Road to Find Out” Blog Tour – Guest Post Rachel Toor

AS PART OF THE “ON THE ROAD TO FIND OUT” BLOG TOUR, AUTHOR RACHEL TOOR STOPPED BY A.T.W.N. TO SHARE INSIGHT INTO THE TITLE OF HER BOOK, AND TO SHARE THE MC ALICE DAVIS’ PLAYLIST. ENJOY! THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN “ON THE ROAD TO FIND OUT” & “HAROLD AND MAUDE”… I first saw Harold and Maude my freshman year at Yale. […]

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How To Write Like Taylor Swift and Win

Real talk. Your creativity is not always on point. That last 10k words you just wrote? Crap. Oh, you have an agent? Still crap. You have an editor? Doesn’t matter. Okay, well, that’s harsh. It’s probably not all crap and you’re awesome for having an agent or editor or both or whatever. My point is […]

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10 Questions With…Illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi

TODAY AT ALL THE WRITE NOTES I HAVE “10 QUESTIONS WITH…” ILLUSTRATOR DEBBIE RIDPATH OHI. DEBBIE AND I CHATTED ABOUT HER INFLUENCES, STAR WARS vs STAR TREK, HER INSPIRATION FOR THE COVER OF ‘I’M BORED’, AND THE MIND-BLOWING EXPERIENCE OF BEING CHOSEN TO DESIGN COVERS FOR THE LEGENDARY JUDY BLUME. ENJOY! Van Gogh liked to paint copies of Millet. Picasso […]

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Music to move…

It’s that time of the year… The days are brighter, the weather warmer, there’s a breeze in the air and the heat hasn’t YET ramped up to totally unbearable and uncomfortable levels. It’s AMAZING to be outdoors. A necessity even. Which is why one of my favorite activities happens to be grabbing my headphones/iPod and heading out to the […]

Variation May 29

Variations Of A Theme

Do me a favor–watch this, then tell me if you recognize something familiar.   (I’ll give you a hint–it’s around the 2:27 mark.) Did you hear it?  Just a few notes, but one of the most recognizable themes anywhere.  And a simple variation on it to make it not only stand out, but seemingly belonging […]

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Sweet Sounds of Summer

First of all, for those of you in the United States, Happy Memorial Day! A giant THANK YOU to everyone who serves or has served in the armed forces. For those of you in the United States and elsewhere, Happy (Unofficial) Start of Summer! It’s time for warm days, cold drinks, flip flops, and trips […]

Foo Fighters May 23

Fate: Does It Happen For A Reason?

Hello! I hope this week is going well for everyone. So, I recently got back from the RT Convention in New Orleans! YES. It was amazing and I got to meet and hang out with some fellow Write Noters and twitter friends! I also learned more about the craft of writing and hobnob with industry […]

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A chat with Wedding Day Rain and author Kelsey Macke (And free stuff!)

Hi friends!I had the sweet opportunity to chat with the husband and wife team, Daron and Kelsey Macke, that make up Wedding Day Rain, an indie-folk band destined for greatness. Daron and Kelsey are two of those ridiculously talented people who can sing and play music and write beautiful words. They’re also really great people. […]

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10 Questions With The Trouble With Templeton’s, Thomas Calder

Today at A.T.W.N., I have have “10 Questions With…’ Thomas Calder, the singer/ guitarist/ songwriter of Australian indie-rock quintet, The Trouble With Templeton. I chatted with Thomas about inspiration, writing on the road, and “The Call.” Your sophomore record, “Rookie”, has received high praise from those in your home country of Australia. Now that it’s getting […]

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10 Questions with…Author Elsie Chapman

Today at A.T.W.N., I’m excited to have the author of Dualed, and it’s upcoming sequel Divided, Elsie Chapman here for “10 Questions with…”. Recently I chatted with Elsie about the “Dualed” duology, music, writing, and her “healthy obsession” for the Japanese Rock Band, One Ok Rock. Welcome to A.T.W.N., Elsie. For those not familiar with your […]

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