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Chris Brecheen
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Big dork. Loves English. Writes a lot. Reads more.
Big dork. Loves English. Writes a lot. Reads more.

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Hi folks,

We're about to go "dark" here at Writing About Writing for a couple of days. Don't panic. We'll be back shortly and with extra crunch.
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[Seems the critical information that this is a nomination post and we NEED NOMINATIONS was missing from my share of this last night.]

What is the very best young adult fiction (book or series) written by a woman or POC or member of the LGBTQ+ community from 1975-1999––nominations needed.

This poll is from our Year of Diverse Polls. Please check this page out if you have questions about the narrowed focus.
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What is the very best young adult fiction (book or series) written by a woman or POC or member of the LGBTQ+ community from 1975-1999?

This poll is from our Year of Diverse Polls. Please check this page out if you have questions about the narrowed focus.

Second verse....very similar to the first!
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It's been a long time since I've seen anyone kick the crap out of any poll so thoroughly, but there was no contest on this one. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this poll awesome.
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Jere asks:

I have a srs question.

Let's say someone has many years-long depression that kills most of their will to ever create any kind of art, let alone clean their house or properly take care of themselves besides absolute basic daily needs.

If the best they can do for actual writing is to make pages of notes in building characters or settings, and small snippets of situational scenes for practice, and they keep doing this for years... does this still count as "write every day"?
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Without further ado, here are best three non-poll articles that will go on to untold fame in The Best of W.A.W. Also the Best of the Year by Month has now been updated

Hospitalized

Won't Someone Think of the Straight White Males? (Mailbox)

10 Addendums to Write Every Day (The Article Some of You Have Been Waiting Your Whole Lives For)

What if I told you that you don't actually have to write every single day?
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Counter protesting is ALSO protected speech.

Being angry at someone's genocidal BEHAVIOR is not the same thing as wanting whole demographics dead or forcibly deported based exclusively on the circumstances of their birth.

Right to free speech is not the same entitlement to venue.

We don't casually debate cannibalism or pedophilia in university settings, so there IS a water's edge of acceptable ideas and not everything has to be chin-strokingly considered, particularly at the university level.

I'm really just ten kinds of fucking tired of people thinking I endorse all manner of wildly uncontained extrajudicial violence because I hate fallacies of equivocation and see some nuance when literally armed Nazis march into town and get punched.
Your Fallacy is Showing
Your Fallacy is Showing
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What is the young adult book (or series) written by a woman or POC or member of the LGBTQIA+ community?

Please follow this link if you're wondering why this poll has some particular limitations.

Lots of titles nipping at the heels of The Hunger Games. Come vote on the poll formed from YOUR nominations. The front runners are practically tied and the results are going up in a few more days.
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W. asks:

Hey. Long time follower, first time messenger. You’ve written about so many aspects of writing and the love of story. Do you have any posts about what to do when the magic has died for you?

My reply....
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Narrative Distance: the distance between a reader and a narrator in a story.

In most high school classrooms and literary analysis most emphasis is placed on narrative point of view. What isn't mentioned very often until/unless you are in a writing program is a concept called "narrative distance," and it might actually be a more important idea to understand for a writer.
Narrative Distance
Narrative Distance
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