Whether it’s for training, improving, or relating, retelling stories can prove a useful addition to every writer’s toolbox.
The key to writing a great YA series (or MG series) is knowing your characters and plotlines inside and out – while giving yourself the flexibility to modify things when needed. Here are four things to live by when writing a series, based on tips from middle grade and young adult authors who have been there.
Top book picks from authors featured in our December 2022 issue.
The lack of diversity is on the mark. The author as all-powerful being is way off.
A dozen young adult authors weigh in on the 10 biggest trends they see in their genre.
A guide to sorting through agent offers, getting your book proposal just right, and making sure you still have more to say after a million (or more) people read your article.
A guide to commas, clauses, commonly mixed-up words, and more, with can’t-fail tricks to keep your writing clean.
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted how writers write, what editors want to publish, and how books are sold.
Subscriptions are down. Submissions are up. What do modern journals need to do to survive?
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Think YA can’t be literary? Meet Jandy Nelson – and watch her lyrical language bring fully formed protagonists to life
Add to FavoritesThe first self-published book I edited was written by a longtime newspaper reporter. Seasoned and self-confident, he decided to set sources aside and … Read More “9 manuscript mistakes only first-timers make (and how to fix them)”
Remounting the horse after you get bucked for a month (which may be a good thing).
The writer spins essays and poems by observing the world around him and questioning his relationship to it. He is delighted by what he sees.
Building characters is a critical – and, I’m learning, quite difficult – part of writing a book.
I thought the answer was pretty obvious, until I heard the question in a different way.
Gulp. I’ve got a first draft.