Around the Web

A lot of things going on since the last time I posted one of these. A few articles, and several videos.

Jessica Blair, Author of 22 romance novels, is actually 89 year old war vet, Bill (Proof that pen names to hide your sex works both ways.)

Why the US internet is so slow and expensive (Vimeo)  (YouTube) This is important to anyone in the US. For writers and creative types who do a great volume of work online, it matters.

6 Publishing trends that will benefit readers and writers.

148 audio podcasts from Joanna Penn

4 ways to amplify your creativity.

Making your fantasy world more relate-able.

Secret anatomy of KDP select

Google+ communities for writers (Youtube) from Books and Beer

Ira Glass on Storytelling (Vimeo) (YouTube) (I might have posted this before, but I love it.)


YA to the Rescue

Young Adult (YA) books have been inspiring a lot of movies lately. Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight to name a few. These stories, though classified as young adult, actually have some hefty themes to them. Love, life, death, war, power, and laced with a little magic.

I happen to love the Harry Potter movies. They were imaginative, and beautiful, with a captivating story. Perhaps they were “young adult” when first written, but I, along with thousands of fans, watched as Harry, Hermione, and Ron grew into wizards capable of defeating even the largest army.

I suppose YA gives you a very simple way to add growth to a character. They simply grow up. However, the way in which they grow up, and the reaction of the characters to growing up can make a huge difference on the story.

We have Hermione, Katniss, and Bell. In these three stories you have two very different types of character. The first two are strong, independent women who fight for their lives, and the lives of those they love. They go to the ends of the earth to do what they think is right. Then you have an angsty teen who lays down and cries herself to sleep.

It is my opinion that Twilight did well for two reasons. First, young teen girls almost always go through the “Omg, he broke up with me, the world is ending” phase. I admit it. I did it. I am glad I grew out of it. Second… Vampires.

Almost all stories will see the growth of the characters. They will have obstacles to overcome, and their attitudes and beliefs will be tested. How they react to those situations… Well, as the writer it is ultimately up to you to decide that.