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    I knew Mary Lu, but not Victoria Aveyard--checking out her books... Thanks!!

    I knew Mary Lu, but not Victoria Aveyard--checking out her books... Thanks!!
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    Lecture Thank you for attending! (and some extra info)

    Hi all, Thank you all so much for attending this workshop! I saw some pretty cool YA and MG concepts and scenes go by--I hope you all move forward and write the manuscripts, and hope the class was helpful in achieving what you hoped to when you started. As you've probably noticed, I love YA and...
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    Don't worry if you're behind--these classes always move fast... Personally, I just print out the...

    Don't worry if you're behind--these classes always move fast... Personally, I just print out the material and get to it when I have time (sometimes not until months later...). I loved this scene! The way Lucas smelled (yuck) and this line: "Someday she’d have a Porche to match her name." Really...
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    Sounds like you have a good handle on your story and theme--these plots all intertwine on some...

    Sounds like you have a good handle on your story and theme--these plots all intertwine on some level. Nice work!
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    Lecture Lesson 5: Final Checklist and Resources

    This is an extra lesson, mostly just to summarize what we've worked on and add some resources. Feel free to share any recommendations with the class!
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    Lecture Lesson 5: Final Checklist and Resources

    Lesson 5: Final Checklist: The Dos and Don’ts We’ve defined YA and MG, and how to know where your story fits. We’ve looked at voice, and covered how you can develop your voice for your manuscript-in-progress. You’ve defined your logline, and created an outline. You’re ready to write your YA or...
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    Lecture Lesson 4:

    Lesson 4: Plotting and Pacing Pick up a book written for adults, then look at one written for teens—it’s thinner, right? At least most of the time it is, with some exceptions like the Twilight and Harry Potter series (or epic fantasy). Most MG and YA novels move faster and flow differently...
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    Lecture Lesson 3: Understanding Voice

    I think this switch of POVs is going to be great. Your sample here shows a nice narrative voice, it works very well. I don't know if you wrote this scene just for the exercise, but it seems like a good one to use in your manuscript :)
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    Lecture Lesson 2: Defining Concept

    I love all of these ideas! Sounds like you have a lot of irons in the fire; I like it :) With some of these you have the nugget of the (very cool and unique) idea, but not the conflict that will drive the book. So: --When an 18 year-old loner follows a stranger off a case of deja-vu, she must...
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    I love all of these ideas! Sounds like you have a lot of irons in the fire; I like it :) With...

    I love all of these ideas! Sounds like you have a lot of irons in the fire; I like it :) With some of these you have the nugget of the (very cool and unique) idea, but not the conflict that will drive the book. So: --When an 18 year-old loner follows a stranger off a case of deja-vu, she must...
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    I like that: you have a bit more detail here to help us understand the conflict. It's not one...

    I like that: you have a bit more detail here to help us understand the conflict. It's not one line exactly, but it works.
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    I would answer WHY she's losing her place, so: After X EVENT, a young girl loses her place in...

    I would answer WHY she's losing her place, so: After X EVENT, a young girl loses her place in her gang and must survive on her own (where? maybe add a setting here, so we get why this is bad) before the sun is up (maybe this danger has a time limit? I made this part up, not sure if it helps :)...
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    You'll figure this out as you plot the rest, I imagine--I'm intrigued though...

    You'll figure this out as you plot the rest, I imagine--I'm intrigued though...
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    Lecture Lesson 3: Understanding Voice

    Lesson 3: Understanding Voice If you’ve been writing a little while, you’ve probably heard this: the author has a great voice. Voice is that thing that makes a piece of writing unique. It’s elusive, and we’re told as writers that ‘you’ll know it when you see it.’ Not very helpful, is it? In...
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    Lecture Lesson 2: Defining Concept

    I think you're close, but maybe try to define the conflict a little more..? A boy with anxiety (not sure if this is true?) finds himself on an RV (?) road trip with a stranger (why?) across America (if that's true) and discovers (insert character change). I hope that helps! I think you need a...