External conflict on its own rarely stands up as being big enough, emotional enough or important enough. Yes, external factors are important in keeping a story moving, but internal factors are the driving force behind character arc and development, and our pathways to making two-dimensional, imaginary characters human. Real. Continue reading Conflict, Inside and Out
Before we can avoid writing her, or accidentally scare ourselves into a corner and avoid writing women altogether, it’s important to ask: What exactly is a Mary Sue, and why don’t we want one? Continue reading Beware the Mary-Sue
The goal, ultimately, is to make your reader feel as though they are no longer reading, but rather, fully immersed in the story.
There are several ways to go about doing this. Here are just a few. Continue reading Diving Deep: The Deep POV Question
Diversity in race, sexuality, socioeconomic background and more in YA books plays a fundamental role in providing young people with a sense of identity, belonging and validity.
Most of the time. Continue reading That Book Ouch Moment