Monday, December 28, 2009
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Monday, December 14, 2009
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
School Building Workshop
Let’s face it. Every young adult is going through a learning stage. Whether it’s in middle school, high school, wizarding school, or just learning from the elder in a tribe.
The beauty of YA books is that they can be in any genre so there are many variations in how schooling can be portrayed. If it is just a YA romance..it may be drama filled at a high school. If it’s a YA fantasy then a school may not exist in that time period. A young adult may be under the instruction of just one person for one particular subject.
Think about the world J.K. Rowling created with Harry Potter. She came up with O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s to be like finals and the SAT’s. We have all these different genres why not create a genre-specific school. Take horror for example: A school for serial killers, masochists, and cannibals? How crazy freaky would that be? What would be the rules? Does it create these people or does it try to help them and turn them back into regular citizens?
For Sci-fi: What about a school for guys who need to learn how to impress girl robots because they are the only kinds of females on the planet left. (Oh! I may try that one!)
When writing a novel a common phrase to hear is “World Building” well, instead of world building, this week we will be “School Building”. Write in whatever genre you choose and create a school to fit that time. Remember, try something new; Like a school for werewolves or pixies? Just give it a shot :]
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
As writers sometimes we lock ourselves up in a dark room, chain our legs to the chair, or superglue our butts, (whichever option is readily available) and write. During this time you begin to forget to shower, forget to clean, take out the dog, or don't realize 5 hours have passed until your wondering why your stomach won't stop its incessant growling.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
According to Publishers Weekly the Nook is out-of-stock. Barnes & Nobles is taking pre-orders but they won't ship out until January 4th. For those of you who wanted to give the e-reader as a Christmas gift they are sending out Nook gift certificates to those who pre-order before Christmas so at least you can stick that in the box or card.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The Pious Kitchen Lady Presents Vicious Recipes: a literary cookbook
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
So a friend on my online critique group suggested a co-writing project where about 3 people or so each write a paragraph and continue a story. I'm curious to see how it pans out and I may even have a go at it myself. But something I've always wondered about is how writers collaborate on an entire story.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Okay, I'm curious. Everyone keeps talking about Vampire Diaries and to be honest I always avoided it just because the lettering on the covers seemed cheesy and kiddish. I know I know, great decision making skills, but hey covers do it for me. Take for example the cover of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. The moment I saw it I picked up the book. It sounded interesting so read it and of course loved it. But I still have no idea what the Vampire Diaries is about. The covers just never did it for me. Only now am I actually interested because it has become a t.v. series and my friend keeps recommending it. So guys. Should I go for it or not even bother with it?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Is there some driving force in our minds that just snaps on at a specific time in our lives and makes us fall in love with the written word? Why do you write for your particular genre?
I know why I write for the YA and MG genres. Usually, you write what you love to read. I love reading YA books and MG as well. Why? Because there is something different about them, something secretive. Innocent perhaps? Children are more willing to take in the story. Writing about tweens and teenagers and their struggles just feels most comfortable. When we were young these books (YA MG etc) created a whole other world for us to be a part of. I loved reading the Baby Sitters Club, Animal Ark, The Shadow Children Series, Harry Potter, and the Lioness Quartet.
Somewhere, buried beneath these intricate, funny, sad, dangerous, and loving stories was always a lesson. But these were never told in a preachy way. They were underlying themes within the book. You either got them or you didn't, but if you did, it felt as though the novel had opened your eyes just a bit more to the world.
Parents and adults complain about how violent shows, movies, and video games can be and believe children will grow up without regard for most values and human life.
Books teach us values; love, ideals, courage. As children our minds are impressionable, but when we read about characters who we can identify with and learn to understand their struggles, faults and beliefs-we learn.
You ask why I write for the the YA and MG genres. Well, its because books can save children. That's it. Simple as that.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thing is...who loves her the most?
I figured I'd put together a list today of some great and helpful sites. Along with an explanation of them.
Great database of agents:
www.writersmarket.com Although this requires buying a subscription.
Great information on how to write Queries:
http://www.charlottedillon.com/query.html I personally love this site because it has TONS of links for query writing and will even show you winning samples of romance queries.
She also has a great one for a Synopsis: http://www.charlottedillon.com/synopsis.html
Seriously, just browse her site and you'll be sure to find something for you, even though most queries and such are for the romance genre you can easily apply them to your own work.
~Wonderful Writing Communities Online~
www.key-publications-network.socialgo.com I'm head of the YAWR(Young Adult Writers Rock) group there. It is an amazing online critique group for writers. Check it out you won't be disappointed.
http://writersdigest.ning.com/ This is the writer's digest community
www.viciouswriters.com ---> soon to be renamed.
Check em' out. If I'm missing any feel free to post some other helpful sites :]
Thursday, November 5, 2009
As I write this I'm listening to S.E.X. by Nickelback...such a hot song.
Anyway, I woke up this morning struggling for breath with the comforter pressing against my nose. That would explain my weird dream. It was as if I was in a video game (thinks Mario 64), but with wayyyyy better graphics. Anyway, I was following my Dad and brother down a really long dock that stretched out toward the middle of the ocean. I don't know why, but I kinda jumped on a giant fish in my way like Mario would and the thing turned into those awesome gold coins! Haha, so random.
I continued on and there was a part where the dock was broken so my Dad and brother told me to jump in after them. Note, I've got this slight fear of the water...that and I could've sworn there was a shark! Yet, somehow, I jumped in and promptly wondered why I couldn't breathe and why my arms wouldn't paddle. Don't you hate those dreams that don't let you move? So I just kept sinking, desperately trying to breathe and then I woke up and threw those blasted covers off of me! It was 6 am too...I still had 3 hours of sleep left...(the beauty of college).
So here's what I'm wondering. Do your dreams ever give you any writing ideas? I know I've written two short stories to do with two dreams I've had. Do they help? Doesn't it feel like you're cheating because the idea came so easily? Don't worry about that feeling..your subconscious just gave you a gift-use it.
If you have any cool dreams turned writing ideas. Let me know! Or even just a really interesting dream that has potential to become an idea. Quickly, write it down!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I'm also an artist, hence the picture at the top of my blog :] Sadly, I couldn't seem to get the format right, but I'll keep trying.
Basically, this blog will be about writing, especially for young adults (YA), anything to do with the YA genre (as in book reviews, interviews and more), and anything that pops into my head really. Comments are always appreciated. Feel free to stop by read, comment, or just chat. I'm always interested in meeting fellow writers. :]