by Brian Klems (@BrianKlems) When writing my book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl:Â A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I ran into a lot of roadblocks. I’d like to place the blame elsewhere, …
1. The Foreknowledge Fiona. The Foreknowledge Fiona has vast stores of intuition that are never wrong. She just knows to hide information from somebody who’ll turn out to be a bad guy later on. The giant monster’s weak spot is easily guessable for her. All of the…
There are some elements to your story that just won’t work. I know it’s extremely difficult to cut things from your story that you want to make work, but sometimes that’s just what you have to do. Through extensive editing, you can reorganize your novel to make sense, but…
and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. They are all okay, and all those things could exist in the same woman. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.”
so, maybe no one will ever read this, but I thought I’d make it anyway. Lately, I’ve been struggling to get personal writing done, and it has a lot to do with the depression/an anxiety disorder I deal with. I feel like this might be something a lot of people have issues with, so I thought I’d…
Writing Believable Bad Guys
This seems relevant to some recent interests! I was perusing my favorite blogs as I am wont to do, and I found Neal Litherland’s post about writing believable villains to be most helpful! Check it out here:
As always Mister Litherland’s advice is clear and concise on the topic at hand. For those of us traversing NaNo for the first time, I bet this will come in handy!!
Here are the results for the fantasy section of the survey.
'Cause forensics is some cool stuff. Don't use this to kill someone, you hear? For those writing crime, take a look at how to write crime as well.
Do women really “dominate” YA?
I broke down the New York Times YA Bestseller list by gender, dug through the data, and have some conclusions about gender as it relates to bestsellerdom.
This is part one. Part two is tomorrow.
This is amazing and sobering and will give you a lot to think about in terms of women “dominating” YA/bestsellerdom. I want everyone to read it. That means you, person staring at this on their dashboard right now.
READ IT RIGHT NOW.