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Avoiding Cliché Characters In YA Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

When writers develop characters, we most often begin with an idea—a sort of shapeless blob that becomes more distinct as we write a first draft or do a pre-writing character study. Over time, they grow physical characteristics and a personality, … Continue reading

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Chapter Prewriting Guide: Essential Character Inventory, by Kristen C. Strocchia

As Darcy Pattison likes to say, no character comes into a chapter or scene neutral. So, as the author, there are a few things that I need to be aware of before sitting to write the next chapter or scene … Continue reading

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Character Primer: Which Hatched First—The Character or The Plot? by Kristen C. Strocchia

Character development is a classic question of which hatched first—the character or the plot? Or—if you’re like me—then the title almost always springs to mind first, spurring the development of both. Sometimes my title ideas inspire a setting and a … Continue reading

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Introducing Your Characters to Your Friends, by Lindsay Bandy

July is all about picnics, fireworks, and…CHARACTER! You probably already had your BBQ for Independence Day, but it’s not too late to introduce your characters to your friends. No, I don’t mean you should pull chairs around the campfire and … Continue reading

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Querily, Querily, Querily, Querily + Critique Giveaway, by Lindsay Bandy

Send, send, send your query Into the slush stream Querily, querily, querily, querily… Is publication just a dream? All month as I’ve thought about our theme of “Submission Sense,” this little song has been stuck in my head. (I have … Continue reading

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Developing Your Protagonist for YA Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

In the YA section of your bookstore or online haven, you’ll find fiction featuring a wide expanse of characters. Sun summoner—check. British secret agent—check. Cyborg. Check. While the majority of today’s YA books feature a teenage protagonist, age is about … Continue reading

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