Genre vrs Audience in KidLit

I could say this with a single sentence but I plan to go on a tangent. Young Adult and Middle Grade are not genres of children’s literature.

But they have their own sections at the bookstore.

No kidding. Kids have their own sections at the department store too, but it’s not meant to do anything other than dictate what sizes the pants are.

Giving and Getting a Critique on Your Novel

It doesn’t matter what you write or who you write for getting feedback is always hard. Some people are especially mean about it, believing that makes them more of an authority, and some people outright suck at doing anything besides building up your ego. Neither make for good critique partners or workshop members.

Outlining Your Kidlit Novel

It doesn’t matter what age you write for, writers will always debate whether it’s better to be a plotter or a pantser. A plotter is someone who outlines their novel completely before beginning to write it (sometimes overly so); a pantser is someone who “writes by the seat of their pants,” completely winging their novel.Continue reading “Outlining Your Kidlit Novel”

An Interview with Jessica Vitalis

Jessica Vitalis stopped by to talk about writing The Wolf’s Curse. We talked about research, played some games, and discussed our apathy about killing our characters. Someone’s got to go, you know? Give it a listen then go get yourself a copy of The Wolf’s Curse.