“Most notably of all, this was going to be my Writer Year—the year I could refer to in future speeches to aspiring writers about when it all turned for me.”
How the Revolution is Going :: Serenity Bohon
“In writing lower middle grade fiction, I have a responsibility to be aware of my bookend categories. I need to know what kinds of books my readers are aging out of. I need to be aware of the jumps in character traits, in word count, and in plot. Additionally, I need to be highly aware of all these elements in standard middle grade, to make sure I’m writing a book that fits well between these two categories.”
Writing Lower Middle Grade Fiction Part One :: Kit Rosewater
“I think of plot beats like bumpers in bowling. Hear me out on this one, because I realize only little kids are supposed to use bumpers. But come on, bowling with bumpers is so much more fun! You can plan out different angles of releasing the ball. You get to have fun with the speed that you roll it, which hand you use, if you do a little dance move beforehand, and all the while you know that one way or another, some pins will get knocked down.”
Writing Lower Middle Grade Fiction Part Two :: Kit Rosewater
“In revision, I set out to accomplish many things. Greater clarity, of course. Better flow. Stronger impact. Often more brevity, too. But one of my most crucial aims with every piece I write is to achieve greater simplicity.”
The Virtue of Simplicity :: Marion Dane Bauer
Cool charts for Agatha Christie fans…Now I think I’m due for a Crooked House reread.
Who Did What in Every Agatha Christie Murder Mystery Novel :: Bloomberg
Wonderful to see both May B. and Blue Birds here!
An Adventure in Time: 60 Mighty Girl Historical Fiction Novels for Tweens and Teens :: A Mighty Girl
Local librarian Josephine Darling has read May B. in its entirety in six installments on her YouTube channel, Miss Josephine’s Library. It’s perfect for schools or families looking to introduce historical fiction or verse novels or a darn good story (if I do say so myself) to young readers.
May B. :: Miss Josephine’s Library
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