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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Saturday Morning Musings: Learning from writing Young, MG, Tween, YA, New YA

Well, hello, Saturday...and snow.

Guess winter has arrived in my neck of the world, even if just a dusting of it. No matter the weather here's to a great weekend.

What are we musing about today? Dawn's giving us an insight into...what she's learned about writing for the Young, MG, Tween, YA, New YA group and would pass on to new writers of this genre.

My first piece of advice would be to read lots of books that are currently popular with readers of the age group for which you want to write. Take note of the language and vocabulary used. The second piece of advice is to find willing young readers to read your story and to give you their verdict. They are the experts, so it's always valuable to take note of their comments.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday Morning Musings: How do books settle children's fears?

Hello Saturday Musers!

December's here and with it the holidays. From there we head into a new year and for some a new start on many levels. We're not going to argue differences on one particular new start. Nor will we discuss the other situations happening throughout the world.

What our authors are talking about is:  How do books settle children's fears?

I remember how my fears were alleviated by my best beloved books as a child, the books I read over and over. The Wind in the Willows taught me that no one who is loved is ever truly lost. Black Beauty reassured me that terrible things can happen to me and yet it's possible to endure and then thrive. The Borrowers let me know that if you face your troubles with courage, you can find your way home. By these and other wonderful fictional worlds, I could practice surviving worst scenarios while reading and learn what to do and when.

Books allow children to experience a variety of scenarios vicariously, in a safe and controlled way. Readers can immerse themselves in situations, yet know that there is no danger, and they can learn from how the characters behave towards each other and in response to danger. Reading books are a way of rehearsing fears and seeing the sort of coping strategies others might employ, from the comfort of an armchair.

Me...I think our two lady Musers expressed it beautifully.

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