The Write Practice’s 7 Keys To Write the Perfect First Line of a Novel. The article examines the first lines of several successful novels (including YA favorites like Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Catcher in the Rye, and The Lion, Witch, & The Wardrobe). The first lines are categorized into different types, ranging from “funny” to “contains entirety of novel.” Remember, it’s the most important 0.0067% of your story.
The Book Designer’s Genre vs. Author Platform: Author C.S. Lakin ran an experiment to see if she could write a successful book using only the power of a “niche genre” for promotion instead of an author platform. She deconstructed novels in a very narrow genre (historical western romance), all the way down to their Amazon descriptions. The result? Deconstructing novels works!
Kaitlyn Davis’s Cover Convos: Repackaging a Book Cover: Author Kaitlyn Davis analyzes “before and after” covers (including Harry Potter), and discusses what works, what doesn’t work, and why. This is a great chance to examine some side-by-side cover artwork yourself and see the impact of a great design.
Brain Pickings’ Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized:This is a magnificent infographic showing the correlation between famous writers’ wake-up times and their literary productivity. Looks like I finally share something in common with Hemingway: a six-o-clock in the morning writing alarm.
Bilbo Baggins is a girl: Until children’s books catch up to our daughters, rewrite them. An interesting commentary on the presence of heroines in children’s literature: a mother switches heroes into heroines when reading to her daughter to create funny and strong female characters who aren’t treated as exceptions to their gender. She explains that in children’s movies there are three male characters to every female, similar to my earlier post, Warning: YA Fiction Can Only Take So Much Feminism, arguing that the most successful novels have two main males and one main female.
Control by Lydia Kang: Forever Young Adult recently reviewed Control by Lydia Kang, which was just released today. This is a YA biomedical dystopian adventure story, complete with sensory weapons, auditory ecstasy, and genetic mistakes– oh yeah, and the bonds between sisters. (What’s really cool is that the author is a doctor herself!) I asked Lydia Kang how she felt on her release day, and she said, “It’s feeling a little out of control, actually. But in the best way possible. :)”. I’m looking forward to reading it.