Does all of your dialogue sound the same, no matter who’s talking? Have you had feedback saying that your dialogue is awkward or unrealistic?
Nearly any book about writing fiction will have a section on dialogue.… [Read More]
This is Better Novel Project’s first GIVEAWAY– I’ve got two gorgeous notebooks from Write Notepads & Co. to give out, plus a few other updates.
Read on to see what I’m researching, planning, reading, learning, and sharing!
1. What I’m Researching
Now that we’ve introduced the sidekick, it’s time to put him to work!
Last week we looked out how Ron Weasley from Harry Potter and Rue from The Hunger Games build trust with the hero.
Today, we’ll see how each sidekick helps the hero along the journey and eventually makes the ultimate sacrifice (of sorts).… [Read More]
A sidekick is the Boo-Boo to your Yogi, the Pokey to your Gumby, and the Samwise to your Frodo. Seriously, what would Frozen be without Olaf the Snowman?
Let’s break down the similarities between Harry Potter’s sidekick, Ron Weasley, and Katniss Everdeen’s sidekick, Rue.
Specifically, we’ll cover the introduction of the sidekick and evolution of trust in Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. … [Read More]
Like their male counterparts, the leading ladies in YA are smart, good-looking, and brave. But, it’s not all sugar and spice!
In Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, the heroines aren’t as pure and strong as you might expect. Here are three of their worst behaviors!… [Read More]
Why? Because today sucked, and this is what writers do on bad days. I think.
All I know for sure is that writing is a mind game, and today its delusions caught up with me.… [Read More]
The climax of a young adult adventure story might be the most formulaic yet. The pattern is familiar, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little surprising.
Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games share similar traits at the high point of the story: the hero enters the villain’s lair alone and we anticipate the final, physical brawl.… [Read More]