You’ve written your manuscript, received feedback from knowledgeable sources, and incorporated any revisions you agreed were necessary. Now you’ll tick off those final items on your to-do list before dropping your manuscript in the mail.
If you’ve studied fiction writing you know that characters rule. Above all, your protagonist must leap off the page as a living, breathing being. Your antagonist (the force working against your main character) must be similarly real. But if you’re writing an adventure story, or a thriller with a breakneck
Editor’s note: Audrey is a 13-year-old student from California who is currently working on her own novel between school, sports and choir. She’s also a Contributing Editor to Write4Kids, focusing on middle grade and young adult literature. If you have writing-related questions for Audrey, or want to suggest a topic
Laura chats with Ronica Stromberg, author of the Kirsten Hart series for tweens (from Royal Fireworks Press, http://www.rfwp.com/series96.htm), about writing for the inspirational market and promoting herself through school visits and her blog.
Learn more about Ronica and her work at http://www.ronicastromberg.wordpress.com
Revision is an intricate and important part of the writing process, and one which many writers would rather ignore. After the initial excitement of finally finishing your book, the thought of going over the manuscript again and again can seem tedious. But books that have not been carefully revised will
How do you develop a main character that isn’t exactly human? Laura’s got the answer for you!
For your own story idea:
Identify your main character, and answer these four questions:
Laura discusses how to polish your idea to fit specific age groups.
Your first step as a writer, before you ever type those first words of your manuscript, is to discover what you love. Only then can you begin incorporating that passion into a book idea. So how will you find your passion? Read. I know this sounds almost too simple to work, but reading children’s books is one