Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

My brother, he*

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Some good advice this past week at Writer Unboxed:

About chapter endings

And about funerals for “I can’ts” (I’m gonna have to try this one)

Agent Mary Kole explains Slush: Behind the Scenes

Vicarious Reader is giving away several ARCs

Writer’s Digest answers the question: when you’re writing about an animal, do you write he, she or it?

*My brother isn’t an animal, but the animal pronoun link reminded me of being in elementary school and one of my instructors getting on my case constantly when I’d say, “My brother, he…[ate cereal, picked his nose, whatever].” 

She kept telling me to drop the “he” part because it was already established that my brother was a “he,” so I was being redundant.  Most of the time I remembered, except when I’d get excited and start talking really fast. 

I still mess up certain words/phrases if I don’t think consciously about them.  My husband snickers when I say something was “frozer-burnt,” instead of it had “freezer burn.”

I wonder how these variations even get into our heads?

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Author: Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Currently in the query trenches. My faves include: cats, snacks & green tea.

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