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Know Your NaNoWriMo Characters: Advice From a Published Author

By Kathryn_WilliamsNovember 22, 2013
We're two-thirds of the way through NaNoWriMo, and I could write a rousing second-period pep talk about being aaaalmost there and powering through and pounding your keyboard until it submits, breathless and bewildered, to your word-count goals. But I'm not! Instead I'm going... More  →
Know Your NaNoWriMo Characters: Advice From a Published Author

8 Fictional Characters We'd Like to See as Judges on The Voice

By ElodieNovember 21, 2013
The Voice is kind of like the musical version of the Hunger Games—it’s all the fun of competitive singing combined with the bloodlust that comes along with the promise of a single victor. There are battle rounds and tests of friendship. They even have judges... More  →
8 Fictional Characters We'd Like to See as Judges on The Voice

Sick of Your NaNoWriMo Novel? Don't Despair, Transform It!

By Melissa AlbertNovember 20, 2013
Sparklers, I have a confession. I am bored of my NaNo novel. Because I suspect it is actually very terrible. While it's easy in the first half of NaNoWriMo to tell yourself that the point isn't to write something good, but just to WRITE, it gets increasingly difficult... More  →
Sick of Your NaNoWriMo Novel? Don't Despair, Transform It!

What to Do if NaNoWriMo is Killing Your Soul

By ElodieNovember 19, 2013
So, NaNoWriMo is killing your soul. That’s perfectly natural—expected, even! Plot holes are appearing out of nowhere, and your characters are copping an attitude. You're pretty sure there's a mental breakdown on the horizon because writing is hard and everything’s hopeless, and we’re all just... More  →
What to Do if NaNoWriMo is Killing Your Soul

23 Ways Books Saved You

By Ashley Brooke RobertsNovember 15, 2013
Check all the book rescues below that apply to you: 1. I found someone to identify with! 2. When the Titanic sunk, I clung to my copy of Infinite Jest to stay afloat. 3. High school can be so tough, but I learned through books that... More  →
23 Ways Books Saved You

"Divergent" Trailer! "Divergent" Trailer!

By Janet ManleyNovember 14, 2013
*Prickles on the arm skin* For fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent book series, today is the day we get our first good look at Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, and Four, played by (James Franco + fierceness to the power of 10), Theo James.... More  →

How to Sit Out NaNoWriMo

By AddisonNovember 14, 2013

So, you've decided that you are going to sit out the month-long pressure cooker that is NaNoWriMo. YOUR STORY WILL REMAIN UNTOLD... for this year, at least. So what is a Sparklebutt off saving whales *cough* to do when NaNoWriMo knocks out their entire

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How to Sit Out NaNoWriMo

We Interviewed Carly Rae Jepsen about Her Favorite Literature!

By Emily WinterNovember 13, 2013
Carly Rae is in the HOUSE TONIGHT. And she's here to NERD OUT like a proper lady. You guys probs know by now that Carly Rae runs this NEAT BOOK CLUB, which is right up SparkLife alley. Her November book is the Billie Holiday biography Lady Sings The... More  →
We Interviewed Carly Rae Jepsen about Her Favorite Literature!

Music for All Your NaNoWriMo Needs

By ElodieNovember 13, 2013
What every aspiring writer needs—aside from constant snacks, caffeine, a warm blanket, your special writing pants, a cat within reach, motivation, and a fancy feather quill for reasons and purposes—is music. Film scores in particular force you out of this world, in which you are... More  →
Music for All Your NaNoWriMo Needs

CATS! And Other "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" News

By Ashley Brooke RobertsNovember 13, 2013
We’re so happy to hear you’ve been obsessively watching The Pet Collective’s video portrayal of The Hunger Games too! We were worried we might be the only ones hitting refresh over and over again on this super cute cat video. Oh, wait, what... More  →
CATS! And Other