Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's in a Title?

In my other life, I teach reading and writing.

Tip #1
One of the secrets to becoming a good reader that we teach is that you can use the title to help you understand the book you're reading.

If it's fiction the titles often tell you the

main character,



or a turning point to pay attention to in your reading.

As writers --
we can use these ideas to help us attract attention to our stories through the title we choose.

What's the title of your Work-In-Progress or a book you like? What kind of title is it?


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Reading Fantasy while Writing Contemporary

I love to read. I didn't always love to, though. In high school and college, I never read for fun. I only read what I had to and often hated every moment.

Now, I write YA novels and can't find enough hours in the day to read all the books I'd like to. I enjoy all types of books, not just YA. The problem is, when writing a contemporary YA novel, I can't seem to get away with reading YA fantasy. If I do, I have to fight the urge to give my characters some power or have them sprout wings.

What about you? Can you write one genre and read another at the same time? If so, how do you keep your mind from going where it shouldn't when you write?

Right now I'm reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, The Armor of Light by Karen Hoover, Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell, and Raven.

I just finished The Hidden Sun by J. Lloyd Morgan, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Exile by RaShelle Workman.

I'm about to start Bound by Christine Bryant.

What are you reading?