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Mapping the Jungle: An Editor’s Pitch for Outlines
I thought I’d drop by today and chat a bit about my love for outlines, and why I think they might be helpful for writers. Now, don’t panic, pantsers. I’m not saying that every writer needs to outline every book. As Terry Pratchett said, “Everyone finds their own way of doing things.” And if you are the ...
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Write in the Now: Plot vs. Backstory
There’s a famous quote by Salman Rushdie: “I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me.” And that’s very deep and very true. People grow and change in response to the world around them and their choices are definitely affected by the things that have happened ...
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FAQs: Sex in YA Novels
We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about sex in YA novels. So, today I thought I’d drop by and see if I can help clear up some of the confusion:Is it okay to include sex in my YA novel?Yes. Some teenagers have sex. If your characters are in a place where it makes sense ...
The Big Misunderstanding Can Be a Big Mistake
Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show or reading a novel and found yourself yelling “Just TALK to each other already!!!!!!” at the screen or book? There’s a very common storytelling device where an ongoing conflict is created between two characters by a series of misunderstandings and avoided conversations. It’s actually become such a pervasive ...
Torturing Characters for Fun and Profit
As a reader and a
fangirl, I have a LOT of sympathy for Tumblr posts like this:There are SO many characters I love that I want to take
away, hug, wrap in comfy blankets and feed them pie until they feel better.
It’s only natural when you fall in love with a character—you want to take
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