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What NOT To Do When Writing YA Books (Advice From a Teen Writer)

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I like having the story in place and working to improve on what's there. Although, there's a lot of truth in what Steph says. We often look fondly at the phase that isn't currently sucking the life out of us.

I do want to point out something important here. Kim refers to editing as a form of drafting which isn't something I've actually considered before, but it makes perfect sense and serves to teach us this: When you're trying to understand someone's process, you might have to set aside some of your own preconceived notions and hear the heart of what they're saying.

Now, you tell us! Which stage of the writing process do you enjoy most? Have you gotten past the drafting phase on any of your projects? Posted by Shannon Dittemore at 6: Wednesday, August 29, How much time do you spend on marketing in relation to how much time you spend on writing? Shannon here and we've got the amazing Kim Culbertson with us again today. I wanted to give you a little glimpse into all of Kim's books this morning but there are so many!

So, instead I'm going to share the summary for her latest book, The Wonder of Us. But, promise me you'll jump over to her website and give the others a look. Living on different continents. Currently mad at each other. About to travel around Europe. Riya moved to Berlin, Germany, with her family for junior year, while Abby stayed behind in their small California town. But instead, they ended up fighting and not being there for the other.

So Riya proposes an epic adventure to fix their friendship. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. But two small catches: Can Riya and Abby find their way back to each other among lush countrysides and dazzling cities, or does growing up mean growing apart? Years ago, I was chatting with agent Amanda Luedeke. Mostly about how awesome Jill Williamson is, but other stuff too.

She said she recommended her clients split their time in half. Half the work time writing and half the work time marketing. I go in spurts. And Instagram, which so much fun, is desperately time consuming. Then after the book release, I need some time to recover from all that scrambling to post things, so I might not do anything.

Take a few days off. Then I ease back into writing. And a week or so later, try to ease back into a social media routine. I don't know how to answer this question. But, let me say this: I love that Stephanie up there is following Jill's agent's advice and Jill so totally is not!

That feels real and honest. This character is your typical pretty girl. Oh how I hate this protagonist. Any female can be strong. Not just obnoxious, overly macho ones. So why even bother reading the book? Well, there you have it. For more great writing advice, click here. Follow Brian on Twitter: Love the message, but also the no non-sense candor.

Do you provide a service as a beta reader? Then, I am here to try to understand how I should write. I liked the tone and the details explained here! Is there anyway to get in touch with Jamie via online? Can I add… the overused stereotypes for geeky genius characters who just invent something to solve the problem. I am a teen guy and similary think YA authors must get the teen voice right. I have been a beta reader for YA manuscripts and If interested, my site is: Very well said by the author I just loved it.

I personally thank to the author. Teens and Their Writing Habits on page 10 and Part 8: Multi-channel teens and gadget owners do not write any more — or less —than their counterparts, but bloggers are more prolific. Teens who communicate frequently with friends, and teens who own more technology tools such as computers or cell phones do not write more for school or for themselves than less communicative and less gadget-rich teens.

Teen bloggers, however, are prolific writers online and offline. For more on teens and electronic communication, please see Part 4: Electronic Communication on page 21 in the full report. Most teens mix and match longhand and computers based on tool availability, assignment requirements and personal preference. When teens write they report that they most often write by hand, though they also often write using computers as well.

Out-of-school personal writing is more likely than school writing to be done by hand, but longhand is the more common mode for both purposes.

For more on the technologies teens use for writing, please see Part 3: Teens and Their Writing Habits starting on page As tech-savvy as they are, teens do not believe that writing with computers makes a big difference in the quality of their writing. Teens appreciate the ability to revise and edit easily on a computer, but do not feel that use of computers makes their writing better or improves the quality of their ideas.

For more details on parent and teens attitudes toward writing, please see Part 6: Parental Attitudes toward Writing and Technology on page 36 and Part 7: Teens enjoy non-school writing, and to a lesser extent, the writing they do for school.

Enjoyment of personal, non-school writing does not always translate into enjoyment of school-based writing. In our focus groups, teens report being motivated to write by relevant, interesting, self-selected topics, and attention and feedback from engaged adults who challenged them. For more details on teen enjoyment of writing and writing motivations, please see Part 8: About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.

It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions.


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