Mandi Lynn

Teen Author, Host of YA Ink: videos on writing and publishing

Faithfully by Journey [Piano Cover]

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This semester at my college I was lucky enough to be able to take Piano I and this is the song I played for my final. It’s not perfect, but since I hadn’t played piano until this semester I’m pretty proud of myself. Sadly I don’t have sheet music because I dissected two different versions of the song and put it together, so for those who will probably ask, I don’t have sheet music available.

YA Ink- Writing Dialogue

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So how do you write seamless dialogue that will make your characters pop without the reader noticing you’re actually using dialogue? It’s all a matter of listening how real people speak and translating it into your writing. Don’t use too much dialogue, break it up with action, don’t overuse  tags and slang, use other novels to learn how it’s done, but most of all punctuate correctly!

Mandi Lynn’s Writing Workshops

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You guys asked what it is I do for my writing workshops, so here it! Basics of Writing a Novel Workshop! Where I walk through the steps of brainstorming, research, outlining, and writing a whole bunch of drafts! I try my best to walk through everything step-by-step while engaging with my audience. I hope you guys enjoy this video and if you want me to host a workshop in your area be sure to email me through my website and we can see if we can work something out!

Public Speaking with Confidence

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Obviously I’m not a professional but I believe strongly in the idea that you should fake it till you make it. Don’t know what you’re doing? Then pretend like you’re a professional and just go with it. Most importantly just become comfortable with speaking in front of groups. Start off small and work from there.

Reader Problems TAG

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Original tag –…

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi || Book Review

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My review of the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi! If you’ve read the books please let me know your opinion on them! I personally am in LOVE with the writing!

November 2014 || Book Haul

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Featured books:

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

Where Things come Back by John Corey Whaley

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Waterfall by Lauren Kate

The Shack by WM. Paul Young

Skeletons by Kate Wilhelm

Killer Takes All by Erica Spindler

Boneman’s Daughter by Ted Dekker

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Someone Else’s Child by Nancy Woodruff

The Divide by Nicholas Evens

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

Precious and Fragile Things by Megan Hart

Meet Me At Emotional Baggage Claim by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

The Window Down by the Brook by Mary MacNeill


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