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Middle grade and YA on display! Libraries in July
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A great way of discovering what books are big at the moment is to look at your local library’s displays. They might put out the newest releases, books on a…

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Making your spooky kidlit scenes even scarier with sound effects
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Sensory description is so important in any genre of fiction, but in scary stories it can add a chilling, leave-the-lights-on-tonight-please-mum atmosphere to an otherwise flat scene. In fact, you should…

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Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
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A while ago I started a series in which I give you a very, very quick introduction to some of my favourite writing guides. These books will typically be aimed…

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The Magic Words by Cheryl B Klein
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I adore reading books about writing and I have several favourites that I always recommend to everybody. When I read them for the first time, I cover the pages in…

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Lessons from R. L. Stine’s Masterclass #1: No moralising
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Last year I took R. L. Stine’s masterclass on writing horror for young readers and it was utterly fascinating. I was a huge Point Horror fan as a teenager and still read…

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How old should your main character be?
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Thanks for joining me, YA genre authors! Next up in my YA Fundamentals series is character age, something that trips up a lot of my clients. Does it really matter…

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How to write a creepy graveyard in middle grade or YA
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Hi there, horror fans! Not much beats the eerie atmosphere of an empty cemetery in the middle of the night, am I right? They’re dark and shadowy, spookily silent and…

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