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Author and poet Dawn Colclasure

Monday, February 25, 2008

Just like riding a bicycle

I've been working on Book One of the series and I've realized something: Going back to writing something you haven't written in a loooong time isn't as hard as it seems. In fact, it's just like riding a bicycle!

I'm not new to writing these kinds of stories, for this kind of audience. In fact, I wrote stories just like this when I was a teenager. One of my friends LOVED reading all of them, constantly encouraging me to get them published. Well, I HAD thought of getting them published but never...did anything with them.

I also put together a collection of spooky short stories for the the younger readers. I still have it, somewhere.

The point is, I'm not struggling to write these stories. I just write them and it's coming out quite easily. Something which I am grateful for, given that I'm ALSO writing another book at the same time! One that really isn't aimed at the younger readers, but that shouldn't stop them from TRYING to read it! :)

One thing: Just because writing for middle grade readers is coming easily for me, that doesn't mean I shouldn't brush up on how to write for them. After all, it's been YEARS since I've done it. So I need a refresher on how to do it. For this reason, I've been reading EVERYTHING I can get my hands on that has to do with writing for middle grade readers. Some good articles I've uncovered in my search:

Writing the Middle-Grade Novel by Kristi Holl
http://www.right-writing.com/middle-grade.html

You Can Write a Middle Grade Novel http://www.squidoo.com/middlegradenovels

The Difference Between Middle Grade & Young Adult
http://www.write4kids.com/feature6.html

Middle Grade Novel Guidelines
http://writingfiction.suite101.com/article.cfm/middle_grade_novel_guidelines


Also here's some blog posts of interest:

http://editorialanonymous.blogspot.com/2007/10/ya-and-middle-grade-and-never-tween.html

http://saralewisholmes.blogspot.com/2007/09/stuck-in-middle-with-you.html

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/2008/02/writing-for-kidschallenging-and.html

Interesting stuff. I'm also going to see what books are out there on writing for the MG readers.

I only hope this ease of writing the stories continues. And if not? I'll keep writing them, anyway! And I'm not stopping until I finish Book Twelve!!

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4 Comments:

  • At 12:44 PM , Blogger Kristi Holl said...

    Thanks for mentioning my article! I'm glad you found it helpful!

    www.KristiHoll.com
    www.Writers-First-Aid.blogspot.com

     
  • At 1:11 PM , Blogger Sara said...

    Thanks for the link! As a middle child and a writer of MG fiction, I applaud you and your 12 expected children...I mean books. :)

     
  • At 1:46 PM , Blogger Amy Hanek said...

    I am looking forward to writing for kids and this really clarifies the difference in genre for me. Thanks!

     
  • At 9:25 PM , Blogger Dawn Colclasure said...

    Sara, I almost fainted when I saw that! LOL Well, I'm glad it's just 12 books and NOT 12 children I'll be giving birth to this year! :)

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments! :) I am so glad I did a "refresher" on writing middle grade fiction. It was definitely educational!

     

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