Yesterday was my monthly post at YA Outside the Lines, this time about the best summer of my teen years (hint: It involved writing. Also gamelan, the Beatles, an unfinished film, Shakespeare, and acceptance).
Other recommended blog reading includes:
Becky Levine discussing "A thing to hang my plot on."
Sample: "I was constantly struggling to think about what [my main
character] might/could/should do next…and why." (Follow the link to see
how she tackled this plotting problem.)
This interview of Bennett Madison on The Rejectionist:
"There are also all these questions of influence when it comes to YA
that I don't think are asked (or asked nearly as much) about books
marketed to grown-ups. Do YA writers bear an added responsibility to
educate or inspire ... ? ... These questions hinge, to me, on what's an
essentially false premise: that adults are going to think critically
about a book while teenagers will sort of just receive it
unquestioningly. I don't think that's true at all ..."
And Nova Ren Suma on public speaking despite shyness,
including tips for how to approach events: "I say I don’t get nervous
before events anymore—and I don’t, really—but I’ve noticed there is
always one nervous, heart-pounding moment during an event and that’s