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"What I had forgotten about was that if you narrate in first person, it requires you to say less. You can cut right back."

#writing

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"If you read too many #middle #grade #novels in a given year, you begin to sense patterns that no one else can see. In 2017 I’ve started down that path. I’ll give you an example of a particular pattern: The new kid in school. It’s not a new idea for a book (Joseph Campbell would probably tell you that it’s just a variation on the old “A Stranger Comes to Town” storytelling motif) but this year it’s gotten extreme. In book after book authors have hit the same notes. Kid is new. Kid is awkward in the lunchroom (seriously – if I never read another lunch room scene again it’ll be too soon). Kid makes friends with outcasts. Kid triumphs by being true to his or her own self. Simple, right? They blend together after a while, but it’s not the fault of the format. A good book, a really good book, transcends its format. Much of what I’ve read this year has already faded into a fuzzy haze in my brain."

#writing

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"In the best moments, I think of my scripts as love letters to artists. I want to give them the best story possible so that they will have the best time possible drawing these things. It’s not just their livelihoods; they also invest in your work creatively and emotionally."
-- Marjorie Liu on writing for comic books, but could perhaps also apply to #writers of #picture #books.

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"Most people who decide to foster are actually very nice people trying to provide safe and loving homes for kids who need them."

#children's #literature #writing

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Nan Froman is a senior editor at Groundwood Books [who] thinks “gender equality in children’s books is very much on people’s radars” but acknowledges an issue with demand. “Parents of daughters may more actively seek out books that encourage female empowerment [rather than gender equality] and perhaps that is just a reflection of where we have come from as a society,” she says.

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"The #friendships that had been fiercely formative — not sexual, but hardly casual or simple — in my own life, were nowhere to be seen in common representations of adulthood (and I think now I see that they really are not part of adulthood in the same way they are in #adolescence). But their influence might remain."

#writing #YA
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