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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Practical, Thorough, and Utterly Engaging

    I have devoured Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and return to it repeatedly as I work on revisions of my current writing project. Of all the volumes on fiction writing I have collected, I honestly think it is the most thorough, well-organized, and engaging I have yet read. Halverson provides sound advice for crafting, polishing, and marketing your manuscript. She spices up the practical guidance with wonderful, rich, and original examples of how to make stale or moderately good writing sparkle. When I first read that she had included "exercises" for practice, the skeptic in me shook my head. Turns out most of the exercises are simple but powerful building blocks for developing your novel from beginning to end! Halverson's perspective as both editor and author offers unusual breadth and wisdom. As a successful writer of young adult fiction, Halverson "gets" the process, the struggles, and the euphoria of creating a book from blank pages. Respect, sympathy, and motivation for authors abound. In addition, it is immensely helpful to peek into the mind of someone who's established in the publishing "biz" and glimpse what hooks an editor, maintains her interest, and leads to marketable fiction and a successful working relationship. If you are an aspiring writer, this book is the place to start. A published author? You will thoroughly enjoy Halverson's savvy and witty perspective. Someone who loves to read and wonders how on earth that novel came to be? Open WYAFFD, and welcome to the wonderful world of fiction writing!

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Shout out to Deborah Halverson

    I first heard about Deborah Halverson's new book, Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, at a San Diego chapter SCBWI meeting where she spoke. Purchased it for my Nook at the Barns and Nobel website shortly after it came out, and all I can say is WOW! Read lots of 'how to' books on writing. This one knocks the socks of most of them. Within a few days of reading it, I found myself leaving her book open on my Nook next to my netbook (say that ten times fast), using the navigable table of contents to go to chapters that are specific to what I'm working on at the moment. Halverson's simple, clear, and-d are I say-genius advice has helped me to narrow my seventy word hook down to under forty (and it looks so much better), to weed out the areas of my novel where I am telling (the infamous 'show don't tell' issue) and strengthen my character arc. Where has this book been all my life (it is really helping, but . . . does that make me a dummy?:o). Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks Deborah Halverson.

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