“Why?” It’s the first thing her mother’s said since she picked her up from the station. Nothing there, nothing in the car. Not a single word until…… Read more “Story Snippet: March”
So we’ve done all the messy stuff, all the major structural surgery. Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty—polishing off that revision. Treat it like…… Read more “The Final Polish: Alex’s Guide to Revision Part 4”
Here’s the thing: we don’t need to have a slightly-overweight-turned-lean-warrior girl searching for her kidnapped father for there to be moral ambiguity. That’s like saying a story can’t have drama in it unless there’s a love triangle, or a manuscript doesn’t have any suspense in it unless it’s a murder-mystery. The truth you’re not seeing is those dumb high school stories can be rich with moral ambiguity, too.
It’s scary. But it’s also pretty wonderful. Creating characters is fun, but creating new worlds to tinker in is even more fun. Playing around in this proverbial sandbox and holding swordfights and making characters explode is one of the most exciting things ever.
“Oh, you’re a writer? What do you write about?” Answer: THINGS.
Look, guys, writing is hard. There’s plotting and planning and character-building and world-building and editing and revising and rewriting and querying. And, of course, writer’s block—the most horrible affliction of all. Here are some ways to try and combat it.
I’ve been down this writerly road several times. Revisions aren’t not easy. You might think it’ll be easy and you’ll be done in a few days, but yeah, no. Inevitably, there will be a lot of junk food consumed and tears shed, but you don’t have to let it take over. Here are a few ways to make sure revising doesn’t make you lose your marbles.
Admittedly, not every YA author/writer needs to read these books, but they should (if they haven’t already, that is, because most of these are super popular). For…… Read more “7 Beautifully Written Contemporary YA Novels Every YA Writer Needs to Read”
So, last week, this hashtag, #VeryRealisticYA, was created by @ABoredAuthor (aka John Hansen), and it caught the online writing community by storm. The tweets people sent in…… Read more “The Truth Behind #VeryRealisticYA”
Because I’m going back into the query trenches soon.