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Banned Books Week 2010

This year, one of my favorite young adult books is under attack: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. A professor in Missouri thinks this well-written book about how a girl deals with sexual assault is pornographic. Click here for details.

That leaves me sad, angered and somewhat speechless. So below are some Banned Books Week resources and articles.

*From the New York Times, some ways to celebrate the week.

*YA author Beth Revis has this to say on the subject.

*Guest blog by Adam Russell Stephens on Shannon Mayer’s blog.

*Ingrid Sundberg shares quotes about censorship and things to do this week.

*YA authors Lisa and Laura Roecker will donate one copy of Speak for every comment on this blog post. They also talk about what this book has meant to them.

I encourage you to read books for yourself to form your own opinion. I encourage you to speak out for what you believe.


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Revision Resources

As I prepare to revise “Sophie and the Medallion of Time”, I have gathered the following online resources to help me in the process. This variety of methods really runs the gamut. You may find one tedious that another writer swears by. But I have enjoyed seeing all the different revision methods, from published authors, agents, other aspiring writers, and how-to sites.

*The QueryTracker blog’s 11-part roadmap to jumpstart your editing, including setting goals, line-editing, beta-readers and more.

*More from the QueryTracker blog:  9 Steps to Plot (or Revise) Your Novel. This helped me make sure I had started my WIP in the right place.

*Suite101’s questions to help you see if your plot has enough conflict and tension before finer-tuning.

*eHow’s How to edit a novel manuscript in 7 steps.

*Author Alex Sokoloff, guest blogging on the Blood Red Pencil, gives her top ten things she knows about editing, including joining a critique group, reading the entire manuscript out loud, and borrowing the dramatic structure from films.

*Editorial consultant Holt gives her list of the mistakes writers don’t see, including using crutch words or phrases, and phony dialogue.

*Author Laurie Halse Anderson maps out each chapter and every scene to track the arc of all the major characters.

*Agent Sara Crowe discusses character development by making a character’s first impression work for you.

*Agent Nathan Bransford offers a long checklist to make sure your manuscript hits all the important points, such as “Is your voice consistent?” and “Is the pacing correct for your genre?”

*Shari Green’s Fix-it Fridays offered revision tips from authors such as Sara Zarr, D.L. Garfinkle, Kelly Parra and Maggie Stiefvater.

*Mystery writer Elizabeth S. Craig tells us things to look for after finishing a draft, like a consistent voice, pacing and linear plot.

*More help from Elizabeth S. Craig. This time Signs Something isn’t Working in your first draft, like too much or too little conflict, or an unlikable protagonist.

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In honor of Banned Books Week (9/26-10/3/09), I would like to encourage you to read banned books, encourage others to read banned books, and open a dialogue about censorship and free speech.

I recommend Laurie Halse Anderson’s post last week regarding the attempts to ban her books, Twisted and Speak.

I applaud Ms. Anderson’s calm manner in writing about this issue. And I applaud her writing. Period. She is one of my inspirations. She tackles hard teen issues in a way that teens and adults can appreciate and learn from.

Read Speak, Twisted, or Wintergirls this week, or any of the books listed on the Banned Books website.

In the comments, tell me what you think.

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I recently recommended Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful book, Speak.  I have just discovered a movie was made in 2004 based on the book, starring Kristen Stewart – now of Twilight fame.  The movie will be shown on the Lifetime network this Saturday at 9 pm (EDT).

Would love to hear from others who have read the book and/or seen the movie.

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