Month: July 2014
Reverse Psychology: It was common practice to tell an aspiring author to write the way they would want to read what was written. This was done in an effort to try to keep the writer focused on craft as they wrote. Using the most prominent tool they had; which was reading up until the point of them completing a novel. It was a prescription for proper presentation of words to the reader.
You tell an aspiring author that today. You may see a novel that appears to have been written in shorthand. We might have to reverse the psychology; and teach our children how to read again. Before we teach them how to write.
I need a map of my character’s ranch
An ongoing trend for fiction and fantasy novels is having a map for the reader to follow along with, just after the title page in the book. It is also very helpful for the author and the development of their fictional world.
When I first started writing my young adult fantasy novel, MER, I was like “A map seems way too difficult.” But I REALLY wanted one. And despite my inhibitions, I dove in head first. Hell or high-water I was going to have a map for my book, even if it meant handing my two-year-old a paper and crayons, and calling the scribbles my map. (Hey that’s not such a bead idea! Hahaha!)
I’m going to talk a little about my experience with creating my map for MER, soon to be released in late December, along with other methods of either creating or obtaining your map. And don’t…
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So, I’m writing these five new Hi-Lo books. I LOVE writing these books. They are normally super fun and quick and fairly easy to plot out. Except these! The quick and fairly easy part. Uffda.
Rarely do I do anything that isn’t complicated, which is why I loved writing these books. But here I go again. In these books, I’ve made it so that every book and every character is intertwined. Which means I can’t write just one book at a time, really–I have to write all five.
A quick word about plotting: I think plotting is unfairly maligned. Plotting, to me, is creating story, what we as writers are charged to do (how’s that for sounding mythical?). I think it can help you keep your eye on the prize, keeping focus on your character. Plotting is also hands down one of the best revision tools we have…
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This month we are reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This is gonna be good.
‘Worry about yourself. Your mother is a stupid whore.” The line clicked and then went dead. – Ruta Sepetys Out of the Easy