The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres

The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres

The Adventures in Writing Novels for a Variety of Ages & Genres Writing can take us anywhere we want to go. The fun part about writing is that it allows us to explore other worlds. It allows us to study human behavior and the human mind. To get into the minds of our characters and figure out what makes them tick, what keeps them up at night, and what goals they're desperate to achieve and why. But it gets really fun when we try out other genres and explore new topics. I write a variety of genres for nearly the full spectrum of age groups, from middle-grade fiction for ages 9 to 12 to young adult for teenagers (and other YA fans) to adult fiction. And from literary and contemporary coming-of-age stories to speculative science fiction and psychological thrillers. When I started writing as a kid, naturally I wrote about kids and I always thought I'd write for children and teenagers. But then I reached my...
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Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places Where do story ideas come from? I just finished editing my novel last week which I’m super excited about. It's a young adult speculative thriller set in the late 21st century at an orphanage where things are not what they seem. I’m sad that the story is over, but now I’m getting the nagging feeling that the building in my story wants another role. That got me thinking about ideas for a sequel, a story spookier than this thriller. So, yesterday afternoon, I turned to a book on haunted buildings and other places called Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones. I’ve had this book on my shelves for the last fifteen years, but I never really gave it more than a quick look-through. (It’s safe to say I have a book addiction. Have I read all the books on my shelves? Ah, nope. But I’m working on it! :)) Anyway, I don’t have any solid ideas...
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Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement?

Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement?

Are Strong Spelling and Grammar Skills a Writing Requirement? Do you really have to be an expert at grammar to be a writer? Is that really a writing requirement? Are you holding yourself back from writing because you are terrible at spelling and grammar? From my experience, you may not be as bad at spelling and grammar as you think you are. Maybe you are. But should that stop you? Absolutely not. These are skills that can be learned. Storytelling is a learned skill, too. You can improve your spelling ability and you can learn grammar rules and when to break them--you really need to learn the rules so you can decide which ones you want to break; otherwise you just look like an idiot without justification. Will it take time to learn these skills? Definitely. Just like anything worthwhile, it takes time to learn, study, and practice so you can do write well. If you are not good at spelling and grammar, before you send...
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