These are all the writing links that don’t have their own pages yet!
Building Blocks of Great YA Fiction This has some great reminders about what should (and shouldn't) be included when writing to the YA audience. Basic stuff, but good reminders all the same. YA 4 Understanding Antagonists Discusses what goes into building a compelling antagonist, along with a brief overview of the psychology of psycho- and sociopaths. Character 4 Brainstorming Your Hero Great, simple to follow suggestions for brainstorming your Hero before starting your story. Character 5 How to Plot a Book Starting with the Antagonist This completely blew my mind! The idea of focusing on the antagonist as the plot catalyst instead of the protagonist is a subtle, but powerful shift in thinking. Character 5 Tips for Writing Multiple POV Good specifics about when to use multiple POVs in a story and how to do it effectively. Character 5 Sample Mystery Plot Outline The organizational side of my brain did cartwheels when I saw this! Basically a scene by scene outline of how a mystery plot unfolds. Plot 5 Habits of Successful YA Authors Always useful to hear tips from successful authors. This covers a range of general ideas on how to write YA effectively. YA 4 How Editing is like a Witches Potion Good overview of the editing process and a list of what you should be tackling when you edit. Editing 4 Revision Checklist: Most Common Problems This is a GREAT article from an editor's perspective on the most common plotting problems. The list will get you started, although I would love to see examples as well! Editing 4 Dramatic Structure and Plot While geared towards mystery plots, this has some awesome guidance on how to structure any plot. With diagrams! Plot 4 Adjusting Your Writing Schedule This article looks at very specific tips for setting up a writing schedule and being flexible when life inevitably gets in the way. If you've struggled to stick with a writing habit, check it out. Habit 5 Misused Writing Advice I often say that hearing what NOT to do is just as useful to me as advice on what to do (maybe more). This article takes some common advice you hear as a writer, that often isn't explained more throughly, then looks at the why behind that advice. Covered advice topics are: Write a Likable Character; Write Unpredictable Endings; Avoid Detailed Descriptions; Flesh Out Minor Characters; Adding Conflict; Using Action Tags Craft 5