Tag Archives: #middle grade

Easy & Fun Writers’ Education

A Gift from the Pandemic First, a list. After the list, why it’s included. Most important: I saved this list for you. Kira-Kira – Cynthia Kadohata (2004)  The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane – Kate O’Shaughnessy (2020)   Holes – Louis … Continue reading

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Way Back in the Wayback Machine

To write kidlit, you need to mine your own past and reflect Continue reading

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3 Hot Tips to Make Your Middle-Grade Novel Saleable

If you’ve been studying writing awhile, you’re well-versed on how to create a character, how to structure a plot, and how to find the novel’s “voice” (by far the hardest thing). But did you know these three extras that really … Continue reading

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Middle-Grade Book Know-How

Write Well, Learn the Genre, and Learn Advanced Techniques I can’t tell whether I’m writing a middle-grade book, a chapter book, or a YA. Have you ever thought about this? I’ve heard it at writers conferences and critique groups for … Continue reading

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Rolling with Middle Grade Reading

Three “teaching” middle-grade books for writers After my last post I got emails and texts, asking me to talk about more middle-grade books I’ve read recently. So here are capsules of a few more. I don’t always read books in … Continue reading

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