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This has been an incredible year of reading for the Lad and me. I wanted to share a few tips on writing #mglit that I've picked up, or been reminded about, or have long had stamped in my head, or have written on wee pieces of paper scattered round my desk. I hope this is helpful.
1. First, the beginning. Make the beginning snatch the reader's attention. That first page, and the first chapter, need to clearly introduce a character (ideally your MC), pose a meaningful conflict, and ramp up the tension. Answer this: What's this about, and why should I care?
2. Second and third chapters need to keep it going. If you're writing for middle grade readers, don't slow the tension or they'll put the book down. Weave in the explanations you need to introduce. Show characters by their interactions with others. Just keep your story humming.
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As promised, here is a thread entitled “Confessions of a Clueless White-Lady Novelist.” #amwriting #mglit #kidlit
THE BOY FROM TOMORROW is a *very* white book, and I feel uneasy about this. But I didn’t make my characters white by default, and I want to talk about this today. I also want to tell you how I intend to write more diverse books from now on.
My two main characters are Josie and Alec. Josie is 12 years old in 1916; she is the daughter of a popular (and therefore affluent) Spiritualist medium. They live in a New York suburb.
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