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  1. F.T. Bradley

    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...
  2. F.T. Bradley

    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...
  3. F.T. Bradley

    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...
  4. F.T. Bradley

    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...
  5. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Lesson 2: Defining Concept

    Lesson 2: Defining Concept You’ve probably heard the term high concept, or commercial concept. It means that a book has a certain wow-factor—an idea that is fresh and new, and hooks the reader. When you tell someone about your concept, they’ll light up, and sometimes joke that they might have...
  6. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Introduction and Lesson 1: YA and MG Explained

    Hi everyone! I'm so glad you're joining me for Crash Into YA: Introduction to Writing for Teens & Tweens. For a little bit about me: I've been writing YA and middle-grade (books for kids ages 8-12) for a long time, and I hope to share my passion for this sector of the market with you during...
  7. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Welcome from your instructor!

    Hi everyone! I'm so glad you're joining me for this class! As you'll find out during the next two weeks, I love YA and middle-grade :) I look forward to helping you understand this segment better, and hopefully define a new concept to work on. If anyone wants to introduce themselves, feel free...
  8. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Full Class in Word Doc

    I've attached the full class in a Word Doc for anyone to save for later reference. I hope you all found the class helpful!
  9. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture How to get feedback on your first five pages and query

    Since the class is coming to an end, you are now welcome to send me your query letter and first five pages (or so), all pasted in an email (so no attachments). I will give you feedback--use what you can, leave what you don't. My email is [email protected] and you have until June 30th to send...
  10. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Lesson 4: Final Checklist and Formatting

    Lesson 4: Final Checklist and Formatting You’ve successfully polished your opening pages—congratulations! Hopefully, you’ll find some of these techniques useful when editing the rest of your manuscript, or manuscripts in the future. This lesson will give you a quick checklist based on the...
  11. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Lesson 3: Riveting Endings

    Lesson 3: Riveting Endings Now that you’ve introduced your great protagonist and established inner and outer conflict, we need to work on your ending. Of course your first five pages are not the ending of your novel, and they likely don’t end on a nice high note (if they do in your case...
  12. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Lesson 2: Conflict

    Lesson 2: Conflict In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location; in fiction, it’s all about conflict, conflict, conflict. Conflict drives our story—it’s the reason your reader keeps turning the pages to find out if all will be right by the end of the novel. You must establish...
  13. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Introduction and Lesson 1: Introducing Your Protagonist

    Introduction Welcome to the Perfecting Your First Five Pages Workshop! I’m Fleur Bradley, your instructor for the next few weeks. I have sent out more queries with sample pages than I care to admit (let’s just say it’s a few hundred…), and I had to learn by trial and error how to get these...
  14. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Welcome from your instructor!

    Hi Everyone! I'm so glad you came to join this class! I'm a big believer that getting those first five pages right is the key to hooking your reader, or agent or editor, and I look forward to teaching you some tricks to get there. I'm also happy to look at anyone's first five pages and query...
  15. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Riveting Suspense Class-Word Doc

    Hi All, Because of formatting changes when pasting, I attached the whole class as a Word Doc for those who prefer it that way. Please feel free to ask any questions you have!
  16. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Lesson 4: Tying Up Loose Ends & Checklist

    Lesson 4: Tying Up Loose Ends & Checklist Now that you’ve created a strong plot, compelling characters, convincing red herrings, and shaped your chapters, you’re almost at your goal of creating the most suspenseful story you can. For lesson 4, we’ll talk about tying up loose ends. Have you...
  17. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Lesson 3: Chapter Endings

    Lesson 3: Chapter Endings If you’ve made it this far, and completed all the previous exercises: Congratulations! Most of the heavy lifting is done. The next two lessons will cover chapter endings, and tying up loose ends, which are easy tweaks to your manuscript, simple additions that will...
  18. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Lesson 2: Red Herrings

    Lesson 2: Red Herrings: What They Are and How to Use Them Avid mystery readers may already know: red herrings are diversions, strategically placed in a story, put there by the author so attention is diverted away from the truth (or killer, as in a mystery). In romance, the red herring could...
  19. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Introduction and Lesson 1: Plot and Character

    Introduction Welcome to the Riveting Suspense: Quick Fixes to Improve Each Chapter workshop! I’m Fleur Bradley, a writer of short stories, as well as novel-length suspense. My novel Midnight at the Barclay Hotel is forthcoming Aug. 25th 2020 from Viking Children’s (imprint of Penguin Random...
  20. F.T. Bradley

    Lecture Hello from your instructor!

    Hi everyone! I'm so glad you're all joining me for this short workshop! I hope to teach you a few things that can improve your manuscript--quick fixes to add suspense to each chapter. It'll be fun! And hopefully, it'll be a good way to distract us all from the chaos outside... I'll post the...