Archive: August 2012 -

The Value of a Writing Critique Group

When I first started in a writer's critique group, I expected that everyone would just read my work, come back in the allotted two weeks and say, "Wow, this was awesome!  No changes from me!  When can I read more!" I was greatly disappointed when the members of my new circle didn't say that at all.  They broke right into "Here's what I'd change.  I don't know why you have your character doing that.  Show, don't tell!"  I was completely confounded.  Where was the encouragement that would make me want to keep writing?  I thought that was what the circle was for...to spur me onward! But...

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Can Authors Include Sex in YA Novels?

Yes, that's right...sex is the topic of this blog posting.  At the MD SCBWI conference, I was in a workshop with one of the NYC agents.  When it came time for questions, I asked if it was ok or considered taboo for characters to have sex in young adult (YA) novels.  I mean, in Divergent, Hunger Games, and Twilight, none of the main characters have sex.  They're pretty chaste.  So will the publishing industry baulk at the tawdriness of <18 yr olds having sex in a YA book series?  Are they the ones being puritanical or is it the readers themselves who refuse to buy books for YA's with...

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Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators California Conference (August 2012)

I went to my first national SCBWI conference and had such a good experience. Here's a breakdown of 10 things I learned at the conference (in no particular order): 1.  Do a critique:  so many of the published authors I met said they got their break from meeting an agent or publisher at a previous SCBWI conference.  It was usually after a critique session and the editor would say, "hmm...I liked this...send me the whole manuscript after the conference."  So next time I go to a conference, I'll be sure to sign up for the critique.  You never know. 2.  Pay attention to who is around...

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Song List While Writing

Some writers play the same musician over and over again as they write their book because it helps them keep the mood of their book.  (Ex. Stephanie Meyer with Muse)  And now it's getting very popular for authors to include their suggested playlist along with their book.  (Ex.  Vernonica Roth with Divergent) So here's the list of songs I was playing on my itunes playlist as I wrote Elected.  The theme song is Paradise by Cold Play.  I can just picture Aloy looking pensively over her countryside wishing it would be a paradise again. Paradise by Coldplay Every Teardrop is a Waterfall...

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