“In the Blogosphere” is a series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week (usually).
I’m admittedly behind with my Blogosphere posts—I have about 50 links saved, dating all the way back to May/June-ish (oh noes!)—but they are all still worth a look. I’ll catch up eventually, right?
You know how, when you go to some writers’ conferences, they give you a goodie bag? Well, here are some links that are better than that! Yes, they all are from kids’ lit conferences, but the skills are not just for kids’ lit writers.
Here, get soundbites from tons of industry professionals at the recent SCBWI L.A. conference—courtesy of the fabulous Michelle Schusterman of YA Highway.
In this post, over at Adventures in Children’s Publishing, the inimitable Martina Boone presents us with literary agent Elana Roth’s two cents about high concept (from the SCBWI ME/DE/WV conference).
Also, if you *weren’t* one of the thousands who attended this week’s free online writing conference, WriteOnCon, get out from under your rock and click here to check it out. Most (if not all?) of the posts and vlogs are up there. Such a fab event!
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Here *are* some things specific to YA writers.
This adorable post, by the equally-as-adorable Nathan-Bransford-repped Natalie Whipple teaches you how to Tweet and blog like a YA author. Yes, I am guilty of all these things.
I’ve posted links on this subject before (mostly by Andrea Brown lit agent Mary Kole), but here is Deborah Halverson—The Editor’s—take on swearing in YA lit.
Also, over at his blog—The Book Deal—editor Alan Rinzler shares tips on writing YA from three Dystel & Goderich Literary Management agents, Stacey Glick, Michael Bourret, and Jim McCarthy.
It’s all about the mission, baby. The Storyfixer, Larry Brooks, discusses what makes a successful short story.
In this post at See Heather Write, freelancer/editor Heather Trese uses one of my favorite shows (How I Met Your Mother) to discuss character consistency. Or lack thereof.
And while we’re on the subject of characters, Seth Frederiksen talks about how to make leading characters great at Fuel Your Writing.
As a little precursor to a “Pointers from the Pros” post I will be running soon, here’s The Donald (Donald Maass), over at Writer Unboxed, talking about creating tension.
*In case you missed my D.Maass/RWA10 post earlier this week, here it is. Pimping out her own blog? Why, yes, she is! (And talking about herself in third person, too—what a freak-a-zoid!)
I heart these fellow Clevelanders and YA authors, Lisa and Laura Roecker. Here, they talk about how writing novels is a little like peeing your pants.
Oh—and this is why I love YA author John Green:
*See what I did there? 🙂