I read this ages ago, but hey. Let's talk about YA tropes, through the lens of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. My complete review is on Goodreads. Like always, I'm not going to duplicate the review here. Instead, I'm going to wax philosophical. Bear with me. So, I read Miss Peregrine's a while ago, … Continue reading Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The pantsing vs. outlining discussion is as old as time. Every writer has, at some point, watched a bunch of people debate about the benefits of "winging it" versus the benefits of planning. And I may be sensitive here--I probably am--but whenever people talk about pantsing vs. outlining, outlining gets panned. I've heard it all! … Continue reading How and Why I Outline
First off, WriteOnCon! I didn't talk about it much ahead of time, but I participated. (And now it's over, so this won't be useful to anyone who didn't already know about it.) WriteOnCon is a once-a-year, online-only "writing convention" for people who write anything in the range of picture books to New Adult. (So while … Continue reading WriteOnCon! And the “Fight Club” Approach to Querying Agents
Guys. I am so excited for Pitch Wars. So. Excited. I can barely stand it! Pitch Wars is one of those legendary events. I've never participated before, but I've watched people get super-duper excited about it. And now it's here again, and at the very best of times! Pitch Wars is an event for authors … Continue reading Preparing for Pitch Wars!
I generally blog about writing tips and books I've read. This is rough, because I was reading this last week: It's elementary school fiction. In Japanese. For 6th graders. It's about some elementary kids who start a mystery club and hunt down the legendary thief, Papillon. And it is, obviously, nothing I would really write … Continue reading Author C.C. Hunter Explains How to Overcome Self-Doubt | WritersDigest.com
It's been years since I was a teenager, but I was everything you'd expect from a young, naive writer. I thought I was great at writing, I wanted to major in it, and I was determined to write for a living. I was a novelist. A writer! All I had to do was, you know, … Continue reading Three Things I Wish I Had Known About Writing When I Was a Teenager
Writer's Digest is doing a contest for YA authors! You can find more here: 15th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Young Adult Fiction | WritersDigest.com. Basically: You submit the first 150-200 words of your unpublished, finished YA novel with a one-sentence log line. Then you have to mention this contest twice on social media (which … Continue reading 15th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Young Adult Fiction | WritersDigest.com