If you are a poet, you really should know about Robert Lee Brewer’s blog on the Writer’s Digest site. He offers ideas, challenges, prompts, and more all year long. The link below will take you there.
I am working on a middle grade novel. If you don’t write books for children, you might think that means a novel that isn’t as good as a top-grade novel. Actually, it means a book for young people in grades 4-6. The protagonist is usually 12, since eight-year-olds love reading about older kids, but few older children like to read about children who are younger.
It is an honor to write for kids this age. They have more time to read than they will at any other time in their lives. They also fall in love with characters and want to follow them through all of their adventures. The first Harry Potter book was a middle grade novel. So was Charlotte’s Web. Books for kids this age often concern one of the things I find most wonderful in life–friendship. They are also about justice.
The link below leads to a great blog just for writers of middle grade fiction.
Many of us are thinking about novels right now because next month is NaNoWriMo, the annual crazy time when people everywhere try to write 50,000 words in one month.
For those who want to submit their masterpieces and wonder about word counts in the publishing biz, here’s a quick run-down. Of course, there are always exceptions, but they are exceptions.
If you have ever been confused by publishing jargon, here’s a resource to help. This blog, a reblogging service of the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is also a wonderful resource.
Some of us write novels and others write short stories. Here’s an excellent post about the differences between these two forms of fiction.
Here’s a great blog that addresses the knottiest problems for writers. This post is the first in a series of four about structuring a novel. Together, they comprise a class in writing a solid piece of fiction that will be fun to read and generate sales. These articles are about storytelling. When you have time, read them, and follow Kristen Lamb’s blog. It’s an act of generosity.
Many writers have turned to YA fiction because it is carefully crafted on all levels. Readers have discovered this, too. This has some “adult” publishing folks scurrying to figure out what is going on. Certainly, there are, um, insubstantial YA books, just as there are light reads for the adult market. Not every book aspires to be great literature. Some stories are just fun. Here’s an article about “New Adult” fiction. This is an emerging and controversial idea. Read the article and see what you think.