YA Wednesday: Q & A with Beth Revis, 6 Golden Rules of Writing Middle Grade, Are You a YA Writer and You Don’t Even Know It, Summer Camp YA

Scoubidou_3_strandsI’m in my last week of Camp NaNoWriMo, a summer version of November NaNoWriMo in which you get to set your own word count goals and bunk in a virtual cabin with other writers. I wish I could say I met my goal, but I fell far short, partly because it was ridiculously high but also because I hadn’t found the story I wanted to tell yet.

My Camp NaNoWriMo frustration brought back my struggle to learn how to make gimp bracelets at summer camp years ago. Others were churning them out and I was tangled up in plastic threads because I wanted to dive in before I knew what I was doing and hated following directions. This time around I decided to learn about the craft of story-telling by reading Save the Cat, and to think more about my story before I got tangled up in words. So yeah, missed my word count goal, but now when I put those words on a page I won’t just be spewing them out. Hopefully I’ll be weaving the story version of a twisty multi-colored gimp bracelet. Here are some thoughts from other YA writers about writing and how they found their stories.

 

 

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