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Getting a Grip on Gripping Characters: YA Mystery Writing

You know that expression, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears?” I’ve been told it’s from Zen buddhism, but it’s also very much current. I’ve found another side to it as a writer: When I’m ready to learn something, … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards and YA Mystery Writing (and Reading!)

Yes, you read the title correctly — this post is about that monster of today’s headlines, the Common Core State Standards being implemented in schools across the country. Or rather, it’s not about the standards … but about the wild … Continue reading

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Organization & Accountability (Or the Tedium of the Mundane)

Somehow when we picture ourselves as “real writers” or better yet, “bestselling authors,” the vision is one filled with glitz and glamour. Exciting parties. Titillating conversation with other wordsmiths. Champagne toasts over brie, whirlwind book tours, and readers discussing our … Continue reading

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“Understand the whole crime”: at the YA Mystery Master Class!

At Crime Bake today, Master Class, “Writing the YA Mystery”: Peter Abrahams skipped deftly past trying to precisely define “young adult” (YA) versus “middle grades,” and dug into the heart of good mystery writing: Even if you don’t outline your … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: 5W’s and an H — How?

I used to think that the reason I couldn’t put a book down (it happens at least once a week!) was “I need to know what happens next.” Later, I decided it was “Because I care about the character.” Thanks … Continue reading

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Writers’ challenges to help you…write

As I start getting psyched for November to arrive, I thought I’d share some writing-related challenges that may help give you the ‘it factor’ that you need to reach your goals. November is best known (to me) for National Novel … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: 5W’s and an H — When?

I have three aspects of “time” to cover today, in terms of young adult (YA) mysteries. 1. What age are the readers of YA mysteries? The target age is usually described as 12 to 18, although 12 to 15 is … Continue reading

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