Hey YABookcasers! Today, I'd like to look at big story ideas. You know, the ones that you think of and think of and think of...but don't write. That cool, awesome big story that has an amazing world, dynamic characters, a killer plot, but yet, you're still not putting fingers to keyboard. So why not?I've been… Continue reading Big story ideas & what to do with them
(Audio at the end of the post) Hey YABookcasers, Yup, you read the title right - how to make a book out of one word. Now, I don't mean write just one word down on the page and bam that's you done. That would be a very short novel indeed. However, I am talking about… Continue reading How to make a book out of one word
Hi Ya Bookcasers!! Let's be frank here, this is something a lot of writers struggle with, so don't feel like you're the only one. Most of us, at some time or another, have that statement of "I didn't connect to the story in the way I wanted to," or "your character felt too remote," or "the… Continue reading Adding emotion to your book
Hi YA Bookcasers! Audio version: Welcome to the end of August and the almost-start of October, my favorite month of the year (can anyone say Halloween?). Pitch Wars has just come to an end (if you don't know what that is, you can find out more here), and while some hopefuls have snagged a mentor,… Continue reading Not a Pitch Wars mentee?
Hey YABookcasers! All of us pretty much know what we want to happen in our books (unless you're in the new ideas or first draft stage - if so, I recommend you check this post out on YATopia). Either way though, this post is for you, and it revolves around what happens outside of your book. You… Continue reading What happens outside of your book?
Now that Nanowrimo is in full swing, it's time for a little pep talk. You started off flying - a new idea, a bustling community, a lot of coffee (or tea)...and then you hit week 3. It's like the brick wall of writing. You know you only have a week to go. You know you're… Continue reading NANOWRIMO pep talk!
It happens to the best of us. You hit a slump. A bump in the road. A huge well of despair. You wonder if there's even any point trying to break into publishing. And I don't blame you. This is one hell of an industry and it is not for the faint of heart. You… Continue reading Should you give up writing?
I've been playing around with Scrivener* of late (yup, I'm very late to the party!). However, let me explain: I originally tried Scrivener a long time ago, and it just didn't work for me. I found it overly complicated, I kept dotting from one thing to another in the binder, I couldn't keep a continuous… Continue reading To use Scrivener or not?
Welcome, welcome my fantasy lovers (and you actually don't have to be writing just in the YA category). Today, I wanted to talk to you about YA fantasy and how we can make it original, high concept and relevant to modern teens (did you notice that last one? Yup, just like last week's post on… Continue reading Tips and tricks for writing YA Fantasy
Writers can fall into one of two camps: those who stick to one genre, and those who like to dot around. Today, I’m talking to both camps – but only if you both like YA Contemporary! YA Contemporary books are fascinating, deep and full of emotional layers. This is the time of life where teenagers… Continue reading Tips for writing contemporary YA