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Brain Science for Writers 3/3/16
© User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons The articles in this week's edition are from early last year, actually. But still interesting! Top Pick: How Typing Is Destroying Your Memory Simple Jury Persuasion: “I will give you this car for $9,...
The articles in this week's edition are from early last year, actually. But still interesting! Top Pick: How Typing Is Destroying Your Memory Simple Jury Persuasion: “I will give you this car for $9000.” Framing offers in terms of what the other party is gaining increases their chance of ...
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Brain Science For Writers 2/18/16
© Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons Top Pick: People low in agreeableness ("jerks") are particularly adept at selling their creative ideas Top Pick: The Creativity Bias against Women Cynicism May Cost You. Ha...
Top Pick: People low in agreeableness ("jerks") are particularly adept at selling their creative ideas. Top Pick: The Creativity Bias against Women Cynicism May Cost You. Having a distrustful attitude might limit your earning power. What kinds of actions do people think of as most stupid?
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 2/4/2016
By Jty33 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Top Pick: Why resurgence of therapy that unearths ‘lost’ memories is risky Top Pick: The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed (via Pas...
Top Pick: Why resurgence of therapy that unearths 'lost' memories is risky. Top Pick: The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed (via Passive Guy) Ten minutes of uninterrupted eye contact causes hallucinations and other important things . This is actually another roundup of ...
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My Income Distribution for 2015
I'm getting my finances together from last year, and thought I'd post some stats on my writing income for 2015, as I did for 2014.  No specific numbers, but some trends. Here is my writing income distribution for 2015:   91% of my income last year was from ...
I'm getting my finances together from last year, and thought I'd post some stats on my writing income for 2015, as I did for 2014. No specific numbers, but some trends. Here is my writing income distribution for 2015: 91% of my income last year was from my traditionally published YA.
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Game Changing, Action Packed Inciting Incidents
I recently finished the very enjoyable Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and wanted to jot down a quick note about the inciting incidents . Almost every novel has an inciting incident -- the event that gets the story started.  I found the ones in this series...
I recently finished the very enjoyable Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and wanted to jot down a quick note about the inciting incidents . Almost every novel has an inciting incident -- the event that gets the story started. I found the ones in this series particularly engaging, and I think it's ...
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My Favorite Reads from 2015
Okay, it's a bit late this year, but better late than never!  I've been reading a lot more nonfiction as well, so I'm doing two lists this year:  my top 3 nonfiction, and my top 5 fiction. These aren't necessarily books that were published in 2015.  I just ...
Okay, it's a bit late this year, but better late than never! I've been reading a lot more nonfiction as well, so I'm doing two lists this year: my top 3 nonfiction, and my top 5 fiction. These aren't necessarily books that were published in 2015. I just happened to read them in 2015.
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Redesigned Lesson Plan Covers
Self publishing is a continual learning curve.  I recently decided I wasn't happy with the cover for my Creative Writing Workshop for middle and high school students.  It wasn't really standing out in thumbnail view. So I tweaked it to give it bolder colors...
Self publishing is a continual learning curve. I recently decided I wasn't happy with the cover for my Creative Writing Workshop for middle and high school students. It wasn't really standing out in thumbnail view. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Creative-Writing- ...
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Thoughts on Plans
In Marissa Meyer's Winter , the cyborg heroine Cinder and her allies make  a a daring plan to sneak onto the moon and overthrow the evil Queen Levana.  Unsurprisingly, their plan goes awry very early on. This got me thinking about plans.  When characters ma...
In Marissa Meyer's Winter, the cyborg heroine Cinder and her allies make a a daring plan to sneak onto the moon and overthrow the evil Queen Levana. Unsurprisingly, their plan goes awry very early on. This got me thinking about plans. When characters make them, how should you reveal to your ...
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Quick thoughts on nonlinear structure and punctuation comedy. (Analyzing WOOL by Hugh Howey)
I'm really enjoying WOOL by Hugh Howey right now, and wanted to jot down two quick notes. First, some sections of make use of nonlinear structure.  The second section, for example, starts out with the main character in a jail cell, and then goes back severa...
I'm really enjoying WOOL by Hugh Howey right now, and wanted to jot down two quick notes. First, some sections of make use of nonlinear structure. The second section, for example, starts out with the main character in a jail cell, and then goes back several days to explain how she got there.
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Save 28% on My Creative Writing Lesson Plans!
I'm having a sale from January 20-21 at my Teachers Pay Teachers store . Use the coupon code START16 to save 28% across the board! Hope you enjoyed this post! To get regular updates from this blog, use the subscription options on the sidebar.
I'm having a sale from January 20-21 at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Use the coupon code START16 to save 28% across the board! Hope you enjoyed this post! To get regular updates from this blog, use the subscription options on the sidebar. Posted by Livia Blackburne on 1/20/2016 05:26:00 PM ...
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Story Writing Workshop
This past July, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students. We had a ton of fun, and the students wrote some great stories! After the camp, I revised my materials and expanded on them for other teachers to use.  They are now...
This past July, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students. We had a ton of fun, and the students wrote some great stories! After the camp, I revised my materials and expanded on them for other teachers to use. They are now available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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Building Reader Empathy for an Unlikeable Character (Analyzing Fairest by Marissa Meyer)
I recently finished Fairest by Marissa Meyer, and it blew me away. I already knew Meyer could write wildly entertaining tales with likeable protagonists (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress). With Fairest Meyer proved herself just as adept at slipping into the mind of...
I recently finished Fairest by Marissa Meyer, and it blew me away. I already knew Meyer could write wildly entertaining tales with likeable protagonists (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress). With Fairest Meyer proved herself just as adept at slipping into the mind of a sociopath.
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  • Harvard Unversity
    Research Assistant, 2004 - 2005
  • Sandia Laboratories
    Summer Intern, 1999 - 2002
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Neuroscientist, Writer
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By day I'm a neuroscience graduate student at MIT, conducting research on the neural correlates of reading. On evenings and weekends, I write fantasy stories for young adults.  I write about the intersection of psychology and writing on my blog.
Education
  • MIT
    Cognitive Neuroscience, 2005 - present
  • Albuquerque Academy
    1993 - 2000
  • Harvard University
    Biochemical Sciences, 2000 - 2004