Wild Ink: How to Write Fiction for Young Adults

Wild Ink: How to Write Fiction for Young Adults

by Victoria Hanley
     
 

With humor and a solid grounding in reality, this guide helps writers to better understand the ins and outs of the young adult genre, how to stay inspired, and how to avoid common mistakes in trying to reach teens. Answering questions such as How do writers break in to the flourishing young adult market? How do they tap their wild side and find their

Overview

With humor and a solid grounding in reality, this guide helps writers to better understand the ins and outs of the young adult genre, how to stay inspired, and how to avoid common mistakes in trying to reach teens. Answering questions such as How do writers break in to the flourishing young adult market? How do they tap their wild side and find their "inner teen"? and What are pitfalls to avoid when submitting manuscripts? the book provides unique writing exercises to help readers find their own authentic teen voice. Engaging and informative, interviews with young adult authors as T. A. Barron, Joan Bauer, Chris Crutcher, and Lauren Myracle provide insight into the real world of writing, adding up to a book that is packed with fascinating information, detail, and inspiration for anyone interested in writing for teens.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
A valuable resource for both authors and teachers of writing.
Children's Book Insider
Hanley's solid advice for writers trying to understand the ins and outs of the YA genre is balanced with interviews with YA legends such as T. A. Barron, Joan Bauer, Chris Crutcher, and Lauren Myracle.
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Aspiring authors will appreciate the concise information and helpful hints about writing books and getting them published. Hanley obviously knows the adolescent audience well. After a brief discussion of some of the elements that appeal to teen readers (passion, honesty, independence, explorations, and breakthroughs), she succinctly describes subgenres (contemporary fiction, multicultural, gay/lesbian, fantasy, science fiction, horror, graphic novels, historical fiction, humor, etc.). Her section on addressing finding "your writing self" includes creative exercises to help start the process and keep it going. She gives encouragement for overcoming obstacles and demons, including ways to deal the infamous "writer's block." Her recommended "resources for writers" includes a discussion of common problems, an annotated book list, classes, professional meetings, and critique groups. She explains how to submit a completed manuscript. The discussion of the pros and cons of searching for agents includes sections of interviews with agents and with authors in the process of acquiring agents. The process for publishing a book is described and the advantages/disadvantages of self-publishing are discussed. Quotations and suggestions from authors are included throughout. Interviews and profiles of nineteen successful YA authors offer "Words of Wisdom" near the end. They comment on their subgenres, dealing with rejections, approaches to finishing books, important lessons as writers, rewarding experiences, and they offer their best advice to aspiring writers. A valuable resource for both authors and teachers of writing. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877673801
Publisher:
Prufrock Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Hanley's fiction novels for teens are published in dozens of countries in 13 languages. Her books have received many honors, including placement on the Texas Lone Star Master List, the Oklahoma Sequoyah Award Master List, the Utah Beehive Award List, and the Colorado Blue Spruce Award List, as well as earning an International Reading Association Young Adults's choice selection, the Colorado Book Award, and a Kallbacher-Klapperschlange Award (Germany).

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