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by DMM87
October 11th, 2010, 10:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing from the perspective of a gifted teen
Replies: 6
Views: 981

Writing from the perspective of a gifted teen

Hi. I have a dilemma regarding the main character of my YA novel and I was hoping that some of the writing vets here could help me out. My issue is this: my main character is a "gifted" teenage girl, but a couple of my beta readers (degrees in English, but not professionals in publishing/editing) ha...
by DMM87
September 22nd, 2010, 1:02 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: pacing
Replies: 4
Views: 975

Re: pacing

I'm not quite a "young adult" anymore (I'm 24) but I still read like one. And the YA reader in me says to be very careful if you add more to your novel simply to add more character development. You have to make sure that whatever you add, not only develops the characters, but is meaningful to the pl...
by DMM87
September 22nd, 2010, 12:37 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: feedback on word counts
Replies: 31
Views: 4135

Re: feedback on word counts

Let us know how you do! I am very interested in what she tells you... I would not change a thing until you get feedback. Who knows? Maybe she'll love it! I have written a doorstopper novel, too... I was just writing my story and not looking at how long it was getting and ended up with over 300,000 ...
by DMM87
September 21st, 2010, 2:07 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Looking for a YA Writing Buddy
Replies: 1
Views: 1064

Looking for a YA Writing Buddy

Hi, My name is Dana I am looking for a YA writing buddy. I write paranormal romance and contemporary YA and will read anything YA related unless it's really heavy into drugs or promiscuous sex (sorry, I don't feel comfortable reading that). I'm enclosing the first draft of my first chapter so you ca...
by DMM87
September 21st, 2010, 1:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot or Character - Which Comes First?
Replies: 35
Views: 8133

Re: Plot or Character - Which Comes First?

I think that the answer to this question is very personal. For me, a character develops in my head and he or she tells me what sort of situations he or she has been through and would like to go through. I base my plot off of what the character tells me. This is probably because I prefer to write in ...
by DMM87
September 21st, 2010, 1:43 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 624
Views: 231010

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hello, My name is Dana and I'm an aspiring Young Adult author (like so many others). I started writing when I was middle school, but I didn't have time for it once I started high school. I'm about to graduate with my MAT in Elementary and Special Ed; my coursework in writing is what inspired me to s...