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”

Let’s Talk About Dialogue: Tags and Beats

As an editor, I see a lot of new writers attempt to break their dialogue up with beats. Beats are handy for adding rhythm to the dialogue and forcing natural pauses where you want action to happen, but when you use them incorrectly they become a burden on the reader, and, before it even gets there, the editor.

An Interview with Michelle Mason

My guest for this episode is Michelle Mason, debut author of Your Life Has Been Delayed. We talked about the 90s, technology, and adapting your work to a changing world. In between questions, we played The Book Stops Here and Never Have I Ever Spoiled My Own Book.

The Writer’s Journey

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”

How to Use the Synopsis Method to Outline Your Kidlit Novel

A synopsis is a brief summary of your book. It hits all the major plot points and reveals all the secrets. Some writers know all of the big moments in their book before they’ve even put a single word on paper. This could be a good method for you if you like to have a road map but also enjoy flexibility when it comes to drafting your story.