I Finally Get It!

You'd think after years of writing and reading fiction, I would have put this together sooner. But I finally figured out why it's important to read a ton of YA now that I'm working on a YA novel.

I used to think I didn't want to read anything resembling my story because I didn't want it to influence me. But now I see how wrong I was.

In the past three days, I've read three novels. Three! I read two Sara Zarr books (Sweethearts and Story of a Girl), and Lisa Schroeder's I Heart You, You Haunt Me.  This last one I read in an hour and a half today. It's written in verse so it was a quick read, but very good.

I have learned more in the past three days from those books about writing for YA, than I have from any writing book on YA. I've learned about pacing, characters and plotting.

I have a list of books I want to check out of the library next. I can't wait.
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Saturday

I Finally Get It!

You'd think after years of writing and reading fiction, I would have put this together sooner. But I finally figured out why it's important to read a ton of YA now that I'm working on a YA novel.

I used to think I didn't want to read anything resembling my story because I didn't want it to influence me. But now I see how wrong I was.

In the past three days, I've read three novels. Three! I read two Sara Zarr books (Sweethearts and Story of a Girl), and Lisa Schroeder's I Heart You, You Haunt Me.  This last one I read in an hour and a half today. It's written in verse so it was a quick read, but very good.

I have learned more in the past three days from those books about writing for YA, than I have from any writing book on YA. I've learned about pacing, characters and plotting.

I have a list of books I want to check out of the library next. I can't wait.
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