Monthly Archives: November 2013

MG Lessons

I’ve been reading a lot of middle grade lately. Mostly books I bought for A-Read, but then decided to read, too. It’s fun having our own little book club.

Recently we read:

Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid
Sarwat Chadda’s The Savage Fortress
Gennifer Choldenko’s No Passengers Beyond This Point

From these books I’ve learned a number of lessons. Among them:

  • How to depict a sibling relationship; the fights, the responsibilities, the joys.
  • Main characters must have a tangible goal.
  • The most unbelievable things can happen in a book, as long as you make the reader believe.
  • Road trips (or plane trips) don’t have to be boring.
  • I prefer a more subtle type of bad guy.
  • Talking directly to the reader can help build tension. (But it can also pull the reader out of the narrative.)
  • Quirky characters are fun to read.
  • Give the reader something unexpected.

What writing lessons have you learned lately?

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