Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole

Last night I ended an 8-day stretch of 8-hour work days with no breaks.  I have been reading a book when I could in the interim.  Now I have 2 days off to read and write and recover.

I started reading Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole as I have had some ideas festering for writing a middle grade novel.  I am glad that I picked this book up now, because it helped me really think through my idea, characters, and plot before I put “pen to paper”.  This was a fun read, and her use of examples of successful work are very helpful.  Indeed, I have put many more books on my to be purchased list.

Writing Irresistible Kidlit was written by an agent and author who has a lot of insight into the world of writing children’s and young adult fiction.  It provides a lot of information on what works, what doesn’t, and guidance for how to get to what works.  There are many examples of books that perform well on the techniques being discussed.  This helps the reader/writer break down what they are reading and understand how it does what it does well and why things that fall short are not quite there.  Watching another person dissect what they are reading and seeing through the lens of an agent is a helpful exercise.

Once I eat some breakfast, get cleaned up, and get my stuff together, I am going to head to a cafe to write for the day.  I am finally going to put my ideas down on paper.  I have been working on this idea for a book in my head and jotting down notes in my journal for several days now.  I think it is time to start writing.  I am excited to try my hand at children’s fiction for the first time.

Now, I just need to decide what books to take with me and what to read next.  Until next time, Happy Reading (and writing)!

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