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.
I have a love/hate relationship with books that have large casts of characters. I love getting to know so much of the world, but when too many of them are shoved in the same room or chapter, my brain has a hard time keeping up.
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.
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.
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”
Whether you hire an editor is up to you. You are correct that even after the editor does their work, the manuscript will go through a number of changes.
Character arcs are an important part of the story, but maybe you aren’t familiar with the term.
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.