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July 11, 2018
Ask an Editor: Is My Book a YA Novel?
Not sure whether your book is middle grade, young adult, new adult, or adult? Editor Holly West shares a few guidelines.
June 4, 2018
Setting the Scene: 3 Tips for Researching a Location
“Write what you know” isn’t always the best advice, but “write what you know of” usually is. When it...
May 8, 2018
Mapping the Jungle: An Editor’s Pitch for Outlines
I thought I’d drop by today and chat a bit about my love for outlines, and why I think...
March 27, 2018
Write in the Now: Plot vs. Backstory
Up your stakes and make sure your plot is moving forward.
October 3, 2017
Torturing Characters for Fun and Profit
As a reader and a fangirl, I have a LOT of sympathy for Tumblr posts like this: There are SO...
September 26, 2017
Sticking the Landing: Dos and Don'ts of Great Endings
Make the ending of your novel just as great as the beginning.
April 25, 2017
Tag, You’re It!: Why Simple Dialogue Tags Are Your Friend
As writers, we’re always looking for ways to spice up our writing. Slang words! Creative formatting! Italics and bolds...
March 21, 2017
How to Retell a Fairytale
I adore fairytales. And myths. And legends. I especially adore retellings that present these stories I already love in a...
March 10, 2017
Starting Off Right: 3 Tips for Writing a Strong First Page
Here’s our checklist of things you want to achieve on page one of your manuscript.
March 7, 2017
Ask an Editor: Backstory vs. Prologue
When does a story call for a prologue? We break it down for you.
February 24, 2017
Writing Setting with All Five Senses
You’re in a bustling cafe in downtown Philadelphia. You can hear the cappuccino machine steaming milk - whirring bursts of...
November 14, 2016
Ask an Editor: How Much Backstory Is Too Much?
Are you starting your novel in the right place? Or is it just backstory? We’ll help you decide.
October 11, 2016
Ask an Editor: Why Tropes Can Be a Good Thing
Every writer wants to craft a uniquely original story, and we all know how important it is to avoid clichés...
October 5, 2016
Three's Company: Writing with the Love Triangle Trope
Think back to the last five young adult novels you’ve read. Now think about the romance component to these...
September 21, 2016
Beneath the Leather Jacket: Writing with the Bad Boy Trope
Everyone loves a bad boy—right? Even if bad boys make you run screaming in the other direction in real...
September 13, 2016
Ask an Editor: Twist With Caution
In an earlier blog post, I had talked about the shape of stories. As an editor, or basically just someone...
September 6, 2016
Over the Fence: Writing with the Boy Next Door Trope
The Boy Next Door is one of the most popular tropes, or themes, in romantic fiction. Why? Well, what’s...
June 28, 2016
The Shapes of Stories
Use this technique to determine where your novel needs more tension.
June 21, 2016
Queer YA 101: The Gender Binary and How We Talk About Books
Let's talk about books. And let's talk about how to talk about books without excluding certain groups of...
June 14, 2016
Stick the Landing: Bringing Your Ending Full-Circle
A few weeks ago, I talked about how beginnings are hard, and one of the things that makes them so...
May 24, 2016
Queer YA 101: Why you shouldn’t describe characters as “homosexual”
This is a follow-up to my first Queer YA 101 post about things to keep in mind when talking about...