Category Archive: Literature

Dec 18

10 Reasons to Write Wattpad Serial Fiction

Writing on Wattpad is a high-wire act.

Why Should you Write Serial Fiction on Wattpad? Have you thought about writing serial fiction on Wattpad? I have used Wattpad to conquer writer’s block and overcome my ongoing fear of rejection. Before I started posting stories on this platform, I had multiple drawers full of short stories and novels which I had not submitted …

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Nov 08

Girl Cyborg: YA SF Action Adventure

Girl Cyborg by Maaja Wentz

Girl Cyborg: My latest YA novel is launched on Wattpad October was such an exciting month for me with my visit to World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio — but that didn’t mean I forgot to plan Girl Cyborg: A Science Fiction Action Adventure. This year for NaNoWriMo I will be running a repeat of the …

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Sep 01

Can-Con Conference and World Fantasy 2016

Appearing at Can-Con Conference and World Fantasy Convention I love meeting and speaking to readers, writers, and editors. That’s why I’m so excited about my upcoming participation at Can-Con Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature. I am equally looking forward to participating in the World Fantasy Convention at the end of October. …

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Jul 10

Writing Contest – Pitch Contest

Writing Contest a Digital Dare for Writers Who Love to Pitch Ideas Inspiration Department: This is the easiest writing contest to get you started Are you a creative fiction writer? Do you love writing? Do you want practice pitching ideas? Are you looking to find new fans online? Cliffhanger Castle is the first serial anthology of its …

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Feb 22

Why your chapter book makes me angry

  I read a lot of books as a teacher-librarian, and I’m no literary snob when it comes to children’s fiction. I’m delighted to see children reading series fiction, and the kind of stories that will be called genre fiction when they are older: adventure, fantasy, mystery, science fiction. I’m happy to see them devour cookbooks, sports …

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Feb 13

1, 2, 4, 6: A System for Writing Success

Writers: Experiment with 1, 2, 4, 6, and Increase Productivity This article is inspired by Scott Meyer’s blog post about writing success for screenwriters. In it he advocates “1, 2, 7, 14,” as a structure for becoming a more productive writer. Under his plan you would read one screenplay per week, watch two movies per week, …

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Nov 03

World Fantasy Convention 2015

Thursday morning I head off to Saratoga Springs, New York, with Rebecca Simkin, Gemma Files and Steve Barringer. It will be my first US literary convention. For months I’ve been looking forward to these four days of books, discussions about books, launches, author readings, autograph sessions, workshops and, of course, parties. Fantasy fiction covers a lot …

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Aug 11

Feeding Frenzy Featured on Wattpad

  #11 in Mystery/Thriller Sept. 7, 2015 with 25 000 reads on Wattpad Feeding Frenzy is a paranormal thriller about our obsession with food. It was inspired by the madcap pacing of Jan Evanovitch’s Stephanie Plum mysteries and the over-the-top imagination of Christopher Moore’s comic fantasy novels. — Maaja Featured on Wattpad Wattpad has officially chosen Feeding Frenzy as a ‘featured story.’ …

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Jun 07

Future Library: Message to the future

What will humanity be reading in a century? Will paper books still be read? Visionary author Margaret Atwood is the first to contribute a secret story to Future Library, a unique 100-year artwork. Designed by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, Future Library is a real place, created for Oslo, Norway. Part of this project is a forest of 1000 trees, planted …

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Jan 18

Richard Scrimger Interview

I was lucky enough to interview the witty, award-winning Canadian author, Richard Scrimger. Versatile, he writes for small children, middle grade, young adult, and adult categories. My current favorite is his YA novel Zomboy, in which a new student turns out to be undead, and unwanted, by unenlightened members of his community. Zomboy provokes thought but still …

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