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From Mind to Paper: On Writing and Editing

From Mind to Paper is a blog for writers, editors, and those interested in the English language. It covers a multitude of writing topics, from punctuation and grammar to plot development, character development, and world building. In addition to in-depth articles about various writing topics, this blog also has a number of series posts, which are currently being transformed into a nonfiction series on writing.

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The Ballerina's Gift Cover Reveal!

Rachelle M. N. Shaw

After several months of hard work, The Ballerina's Gift is one step closer to being finished—which means I finally get to share the cover (and the blurb) with you guys! So here it is, the second installment in The Porcelain Souls series:


Marley Harcove wants nothing more than to inch her way up the social ladder and win over her three-year crush. But when her parents buy the infamously spooky Whitson house, she comes face-to-face with the rumors surrounding it—and one of its previous occupants.

When her rival, Alex Wingate, crashes her party, everything unravels. Marley needs a plan, and fast, especially after whispers of a missing girl spread and an anonymous gift turns up in her bedroom. But those are the least of her concerns. If rumors about the house are true, more than Marley's reputation might be at stake.

I'm also excited to share that The Eyes That Moved, part one of trilogy, is getting a makeover. A second edition will be released in the next couple of weeks with a new cover (see The Porcelain Souls page) and new content. I've taken some of the feedback I've received into consideration for the new edition, and I'm making it perma-free to boot! So get ready...this version is more chilling than ever.

Book Progress, a Newsletter, and a YA Chat

Rachelle M. N. Shaw

As I'm sure you guys have noticed, I haven’t quite been up to par with the number of posts on my blog for this month. But that’s not to say nothing’s been happening. In fact, quite the opposite is true, which is the reason I’ve fallen a bit behind lately. Aside from a lot of editing projects on my plate, I’ve been busy starting new writing projects, working on old ones, and seeking out reviews for my latest ebook. I also have a lot of upcoming events and news to share with you guys!

First, I want to share a bit about my writing projects for those who don’t know what I’ve been working on. I've picked up my YA fantasy series again, a series that flits in and out of a parallel universe called Ansakerr. The world was created by a powerful group of witches, and the main heroine of the first book stumbles onto this world after discovering a secret inside an old music box that her grandmother willed to her. This is a project that I’ve been working and reworking for over a decade. My biggest issue was that I started it as a young teen before I really had enough experience in writing, but I'm diligently working out all the kinks. I’ve made tremendous progress with this series over the last few months, and I’m currently planning for it to be a trilogy. My goal is to release it in late 2016 or early 2017.

The second writing project I’m working on is a nonfiction series about the craft of writing. I have the initial outline in place for the entire series now, which will be split into four books. The books will focus on the pre-writing stages, the writing process, the editing process, and the publishing process. I’ll be tying in some of the information from my series blog posts on here, including The Grammar Grind, Why Good Writing Matters, and Make Every Scene Count. I’ll also be incorporating a new series that I’ll be starting next week called “The Editing Agenda.” I’ll be discussing some of the top reasons why it’s important to edit a manuscript and what things you should be looking for when you edit your own.

And if you want to know about the last project, you’ll have to sign up for my newsletter! I’ll be sending out my first author newsletter at the end of July, and I’ll be emailing them quarterly after that. The first one includes tips for new authors just starting out, an inside look at my personal writing process and some of the things I struggle with (and how I combat them), upcoming plans for this blog in the fall, and info about that secret project I mentioned. As a bonus, I sometimes give away free stuff to my newsletter subscribers. ^_^

As always, I’ll be keeping the focus of this blog (and my newsletter for that matter) on you guys. After all, what good is a blog (or newsletter) if no one wants to read it? I started this blog with the intent of helping others, and I fully plan to keep it that way. The way I see it, if you want to read my books, you’ll do so without any prodding from me.

For the last announcement, I wanted to share with you guys that I’ll be hosting another chat on Twitter soon. The chat will be about YA books—but I’ll be discussing them as a reader, not a writer. Anyone who likes to read YA is welcome to join in on the chat. I’d love to hear suggestions about your favorite YA books, why you like them, and what kinds of elements you like and dislike in YA books. The chat will be on Saturday, July 11th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Twitter. Just follow the hashtag #RMNSchats to join in, and don’t forget to use the hashtag in your posts!