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This master class in writing children’s and young adult novels will teach you everything you need to know to write and publish a great book.
The best children’s and young adult novels take readers on wonderful outward adventures and stirring inward journeys. In The Magic Words, editor Cheryl B. Klein guides writers on an enjoyable and practical-minded voyage of their own, from developing a saleable premise for a novel to finding a dream agent. She delves deep into the major elements of fictionintention, character, plot, and voicewhile addressing important topics like diversity, world-building, and the differences between middle-grade and YA novels. In addition, the book’s exercises, questions, and straightforward rules of thumb help writers apply these insights to their own creative works. With its generous tone and useful tools for story analysis and revision, The Magic Words is an essential handbook for writers of children’s and young adult fiction.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Table of Contents
The Magic Words: An Introduction, and How to Use This Book xi
1 Clarity and Connection: Principles of Good Writing 1
2 Experience and Emotion: Ages in Children's and YA Literature 11
3 Proficiency and Practice: Using and Developing Your Gifts 27
4 Promise and Premise: Crafting a Strong Story Concept 39
5 Effort and Flow: How to Write a Novel 56
6 Intention and Invention: Identifying Your Points 63
7 Identity and Choice: Creating Multidimensional Characters 74
8 Interest and Change: Building Bonds Between Readers and Your Characters 103
9 Power and Attention: Writing Outside Your Own Groundwork 126
10 Structure and Sensibility: The Power of Plot 151
11 Obstacles and Negotiation: Seven Ways of Looking at a Scene 202
12 Movement and Momentum: Controlling Your Pace and Prosody 216
13 Person and Personality: Fundamentals of Voice 238
14 Teases and Trust: What Makes a Good First Chapter 273
15 Worlds and Wonders: Writing Speculative Fiction 286
16 Perspective and Polishing: Considering Charlotte Keene 297
17 Vision and Revision: Twenty Techniques 319
18 Love and/or Money: Publishing Your Book 327
Recommended Reading 347