Category Archives: writing YA fiction

Why We Need Diversity in YA Fiction

Imagine if, no matter how many books you read, you couldn’t find any main characters that you could see yourself in. Think of how alone you’d feel. Maybe you’d start to feel like something was wrong with you. Shameful. Or … Continue reading

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Why Fantasy Novels Can Hook Readers (children, teen, and adult!)

There’s something about fantasy, magic, and dystopian novels that can really hook readers. Think about the Harry Potter books—they got millions of kids, teens, and even adults reading middle-grade fantasy—and loving them, being absorbed in them so much that they … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Banishing the Blahs From Your Fiction by author Deborah Halverson – and a giveaway

Today I have a real treat for you–a guest post by Deborah Halverson with some wise advice on writing teen fiction, AND a giveaway. Deborah Halverson is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and the teen … Continue reading

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A title change for my first YA novel already :)

I started excitedly telling people about my new (and first) YA hi-lo novel to be published, Brom’s Quest, in the Dragon Speaker series, and I’d have people say “What? Brom?”. That made me realize that maybe Brom’s Quest wasn’t the … Continue reading

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Writing humor – Libba Bray’s post

If you haven’t read Libba Bray’s Writing a Novel, A Love Story, then check it out. It’s a funny, witty piece comparing writing, editing, and publishing a novel to falling in and out of love. It will have many writers … Continue reading

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writing toward a deadline and writing longhand

I may not have mentioned it yet (shy clearing of throat) but I received some interest on my current YA paranormal manuscript. Interest in the form of a revision letter. Two, actually. So I am frantically rewriting and editing away … Continue reading

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