Because of my search history I get a lot of links with a lot of the same advice. And quite frankly, I hate most of it. Not every writer is the same, not every manuscript can be written the same way.
It honestly doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or not, self care is important. There are some myths about it being self-indulgent, a waste of time, and expensive. Not to mention the idea that all artists are supposed to suffer (queue my eye roll here).
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.
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.
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”
I’ve been putting off this post for days, but I keep coming back to the idea. The irony is strong with this one.
Where do I even begin?
Writing in the appropriate voice is probably the hardest thing about writing children’s lit. You don’t just have to just worry about the words on the page and the age appropriate way to say them, but also how it sounds.
You finished your book, so how long until it’s out on shelves? Says some ignorant family member at dinner. Let’s discuss that, shall we? (Not necessarily the rude family member who thinks all the hard work is done once you type THE END) The first step on the Writer’s Journey is the idea. It mightContinue reading “The Writer’s Journey”