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”

Generative Writing Exercise #1: Twisting Your Genre

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-njcdz-116a703 Connect with me: Facebook . Twitter . InstagramVisit ABMS.BLOG Join The Writers’ SocietyBecome a Member and Get Access to More (or follow me for free but get less) RedBubble Bookshop.org Genre is hard to pin down these days. Are you telling a contemporary story or a romance? An adventure or a fantasy? Scifi, clifi,Continue reading “Generative Writing Exercise #1: Twisting Your Genre”

Analysis of Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal (ch 5)

“And that guy, who the h–who did he think he was, stepping in like I can’t defend myself?”

Her uncle chuckled at this. “Yes, that wasn’t wise on his part. But many boys here are raised to protect girls, though I think that tradition is starting to fade away.”

Lupe folded her arms across her chest and stared at the ground. Yet another thing she didn’t understand. It didn’t help that she couldn’t stop seeing the boy’s face, the deep brown of his eyes. That only made her angrier at herself. “Clearly he’s never met a feminist.”


A lot of the cursing gets censored by teens in their dialogue around adults. It was cute and on point the first time it happened, but now it’s old and feels like reaching down to the audience. We all know teens curse (yes, they do, don’t even fight this). But the rate at which these teens catch themselves and stop mid word is distracting to read.

Then we have the local boy’s (Javier’s) protectiveness and how boys are taught to protect girls, which Lupe claims to not understand. What’s not to understand? That’s a fairly universal thing to teach to young boys. Particularly in the US, where Lupe is from.

Let’s Analyze A Pinch of Magic: Prologue

Let’s dive into A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison. I’ll be quoting directly from the book and noting things that are working well, as well as things I would have changed. do this as an example of how you should be reading books when you are a writer studying them for craft.

An Interview with Halli Gomez

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bzbgw-11876dd CW: tics, suicidal ideation, self-harm. I’m joined today by Halli Gomez, award-winning author of THE LIST OF TEN. You can connect with Halli via her website: halligomez.com.  LIST OF TEN A harrowing yet hopeful account of a teen living with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder . . . and contemplating his own mortality.Continue reading “An Interview with Halli Gomez”