Author Archives: RJ Taylor

About RJ Taylor

R.J. Taylor received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated from the MFA program at Emerson College in the winter of 2011. She is also part of the pilot year of the Novel Incubator program of Boston's Grub Street writing center. She is currently working on two novels, one a literary story about a neurologist, the other a high fantasy novel. She lives in Somerville, splitting her time between writing and working at the Cambridge Public library.
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Why? Why? Why?

I need to finish my outline. I need to take the trash out. I need to be spending time researching. I need to do the laundry. I need to revise that chapter. I need to go to the grocery store. These to-dos buzz around my head like mosquitoes on…

Dealing with Dragons

(This post originally appeared on Grub Street Daily). The first book I remember falling in love with was Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. As the title might suggest, it’s a playful YA fantasy novel about a princess who…

Writing Speed

Writing, Fast and Slow

It wasn’t until I joined in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) a few years ago that I finished a full draft of a novel for the first time. For anyone unfamiliar with Nanowrimo, it’s a national challenge to write a 50,000…

Don’t Show OR Tell: Evoke

“Show, don’t tell.” It’s likely the most common writing advice out there and with good reason. Readers want to experience the world of your story, not have it dictated to them. But it’s worth pushing this advice a little further,…

13 Ways to a Bookstore’s Displays

You’ve just published your first book. You’re brimming with happiness, ready to send your darling out into the world. You know that publishers don’t have time to devote their full attention to each and every book they publish, or perhaps…