Recent content by Daryl Jay

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    Challenge! Wordcount for June 21

    824. I had a couple days last week I didn't write for various reasons, but getting back on the train to finish strong!
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    Challenge! Wordcount for Tuesday June 8

    Pretty good today after I took a long nap: 945.
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    Challenge! Word Count for Monday May 31

    Happy with today after a slow start: 1,017
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    Discussion Introduce yourself!

    Hi all! I'm Daryl from Los Angeles. I've been writing since a little kid, then pivoted to journalism before getting back into creative writing again. I write YA. I completed most of a manuscript last time I did this bootcamp a summer ago, so I'm hoping to do the same here while also continuing...
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    Homework Lecture 4

    1. Are you working on a story with romantic elements (or have you ever written one)? My WIP is my first time writing a story with romantic elements. 2. If so, how did you work the romantic conflict into your story? I have always wanted to write a YA romance. I loved reading those books...
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    I would say you should choose the POV that best conveys what you want to show, as an author, in...

    I would say you should choose the POV that best conveys what you want to show, as an author, in the story. Since you started the story in third-person limited, would you be able to accomplish all your goals for the story continuing in that POV? I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here...
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    Homework Lecture 3

    1. How would your main character describe themselves at the beginning of the story? Rommel has had a tough year with a lot of personal and family drama. He does not want to think about the recent dramas he’s faced and wants to embrace a time when life was less complicated. At the beginning of...
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    Hi Deborah, Thanks for helping me think through all this! I think Rommel’s main challenge is...

    Hi Deborah, Thanks for helping me think through all this! I think Rommel’s main challenge is finding his way through the emotional stuff that comes up during the teen years, which includes coming to terms with his sexuality (and coming out to his mom) and dealing with his friend drama. He’s not...
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    Homework Lecture 1

    Here's a brief summary of my YA LGBT+ Romance, which will help contextualize the answers to the questions: Life is complicated for high school junior Rommel. He's dealing with the fallout of his parents' divorce and his mother's getting serious with someone new. He's grown apart from his best...
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    Lecture Introductions

    Hi, I'm Daryl from sunny Los Angeles and I write YA. For NaNoWriMo I was working on my first contemporary MG book. Currently, I am in the middle of revising my YA LGBT+ Romance. I have also written a contemporary YA (non-romance) with magical realism elements that I'm querying right now. As...
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    Love your line! "Seems to me they went away for the summer possessing mousy voices like mine...

    Love your line! "Seems to me they went away for the summer possessing mousy voices like mine and returned with lion roars." Writing a MG. My MC is describing how he hates his voice, which has not yet deepened.
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    Discussion November 12 Check in!

    Going a bit slow. Seem to be hitting only half of my desired daily word count, but it's still better than zero! I'm okay with the progress I am making as I'm also revising a different manuscript at the same time.
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    Lecture Lesson 12: Plotting Your Course

    Wow, I love the grids worksheets and how everything is laid out! Very helpful. I have already implemented more conflict into my earlier chapters, which has increased tension. Thank you for all your advice and feedback! Thank you so much for all the resources and help! I really enjoyed the class.
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    Discussion Nov 3 Check-In

    It was super hard to concentrate because of everything going on, so I only wrote 542 words today. Half of my goal, but better than 0.