Voyage and Return: A Classic Plot

The vogage and return is a very common storytelling structure. It fits classic epic poems as well as children’s fiction. In my case, both this month’s picture book for Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 book and a MG fantasy novel in progress for 5 years and counting follow this format.

Click on the link below for a great overview.

The 7 Basic Plots: Voyage and Return.

Prologue in Fiction | The Editor’s Blog

From an editor, here’s a well-thought-out post on the pros and cons of prologues from a contemporary point of view. It starts with the pros. which, if you have used one, you already know. Keep reading. You may need yours, but you do need to know why they are less common in contemporary fiction than in works written 30, 40, 0r 50 years ago.

Prologue in Fiction | The Editor’s Blog.

Fantasy Elements in Realistic Novels

I am writing a contemporary middle grade fantasy that includes many very realistic elements, including a real-world contemporary problem that is resolved in the end. The following blog post addresses a different sort of fantasy/reality mix.

Take a look at this inspiring and practical advice by clicking on the link below.

4 Techniques To Mix Fantasy With Realism.

An Interview with Amy Boggs, Literary Agent

Here’s an addition to my agent search list. She is interested in most kinds of fiction, including middle grade and YA.

Click on the link below to read the interview.

LitChat Interview: Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency – LitStack.

I Left My Heart in Dimension X « John M Cusick

I just discovered a great new blog. It’s from literary agent John M. Cusick. He represents works for young people. I heard about him in an e-mail announcing a webinar he will be offering through Writer’s Digest.  It is about writing and selling science fiction and fantasy.

I wanted to find out more about him and plugged his name into Google. The post below caught my eye. It is about his encounter with Bruce Coville at the Rutgers On-on-One conference. I like him. : ). I am following his blog. You may want to follow it, too.

I Left My Heart in Dimension X « John M Cusick.

The Golden Door By Emily Rodda – YouTube

Here’s a great trailer for a new book.

The Golden Door By Emily Rodda – YouTube.

I offer it for your inspiration!

The little film has much to recommend it.

  • effective
  • no actors
  • no location shots
  • no voiced narration

What can you put together for your book?