Fantasy Flashback: Analyzing Two 90’s YA Books

I finally set up my writing/music studio in the new house, and while unpacking I discovered several of my favorite childhood YA titles in a neglected box of books. (No, I'm not a book hoarder. I can donate them to the library any time I want. Really.) Around ages 9-12, I gobbled up heroine-centric adventure stories, many in … Continue reading Fantasy Flashback: Analyzing Two 90’s YA Books

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The Invisible Woman: Sexual Segregation in Sci-Fi

My guest post on the gender gap in science fiction posted on the LibraryJournal SELF-e blog today, just as Iron Man 3 co-writer Shane Black revealed that Marvel's corporate interests forced him to change the gender of the movie's villain to sell more toys. According to Black, the original script featured a female version of antagonist Aldrich Killian, … Continue reading The Invisible Woman: Sexual Segregation in Sci-Fi

How to Write a Novel, Part 5: Dynamic Dialogue

Admit it. You eavesdrop. It’s all right, everyone does. Some anthropologists even assert that humans evolved to gossip, because exchanging information about others informs our social bonds and behavior. In novel-writing, dialogue functions as a critical storytelling tool. But fictional conversations differ from those in real life. They must move the story forward through the … Continue reading How to Write a Novel, Part 5: Dynamic Dialogue

How to Write a Novel, Part 2: Crafting Characters

Last year, a friend told me she had an idea for a story. “That’s awesome!” I said. “Tell me about your characters.” “The heroine is kind of a rebel who sees things differently,” she explained. “Then there’s another girl who represents the establishment.” I stopped her and threw down some emergency novelist knowledge:  characters are … Continue reading How to Write a Novel, Part 2: Crafting Characters