Category Archives: Writing

Squirrel Hill Magazine Interview

My interview with Meg Cummings for Squirrel Hill Magazine has been published: Author J.M. Varner Sets High School Novels in Squirrel Hill [PDF]   Advertisements

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Opinion: The “Middle Grade” Book Label

Over at a post on the Nerdy Book Club, I recently posted the following comment regarding the “Middle Grade” book label: I’m not sure if I like the official “Middle Grade” categorization for books appropriate for this age range. Nothing … Continue reading

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On the Writing Process: Moving Beyond a First Draft Impasse [PHOTO]

I’ve been in a sort of stand-still for the past week on the first draft of the second Squirrel Hill High novel.  I know what needs to happen, I just couldn’t figure out how to visualize it, how to stage … Continue reading

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Write Tip: Creative Mind vs. Critical Mind

For the first draft (at least), turn your Creative Mind ON and your Critical Mind OFF.  Keep the words/story flowing. Your Creative Mind is concerned with the story, the characters, the settings, and the imaginative expression of each of these elements. … Continue reading

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Sneak Peak: The Beating Heart of Squirrel Hill

Working on the first draft of the second Squirrel Hill High novel today, and I wrote a piece of a scene that I wanted to share. The scene is set in a public library based on the Carnegie Library of … Continue reading

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