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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday Morning Musings: Boys or Girls

It's Saturday!  YESSSSSS!!!

What can I say, I love Saturdays. I know, who doesn't. There's just something about a Fall Saturday morning with nothing planned.

Well, except for reading our Sat. Morning Musings, this is...Do you or have you ever geared your story strictly to boys or girls. Or, always a mix?

I've never written a story for either boys or for girls and I hope that my writing appeals to both. I'm currently writing the sequel to 'Daffodil and the Thin Place', much of which takes place during World War One, so I hope that there will be aspects in the story that interest both genders.

I'd have to agree with Dawn in that I've never thought of specifically boys or girls when I've written for this age. As a teen I read both Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, if you could consider then gender specific?

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday Morning Musings: Language

Hey, Saturday Musers!

I'm not going to try and find any smart way to start today's musings, but jump right into: Language - keeping current, keeping real, word choices...How?

Keeping current and read in language is hard when writing young characters. You need to be around children to find out how they talk amongst themselves and how they behave with each other or in groups. If you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or a teacher, you have a built-in lab to observe. You can also observe kids by tutoring or volunteering to coach a sport or by becoming a Scout leader or a lifeguard.

Observing teenagers is often harder because they like to hang out with their peers and not with adults. But observation and listening are crucial to look for new slang words and how words are used differently than you expected.

Once you have done your research, you can use a lot of it directly in the stories you craft. If you write science-fiction or fantasy, you can alter words, perhaps creating your own language.

In my fantasy series, I adopt a heroic writing style. I never use a contraction and I work very hard never to use any word or phrasing that seems modern and would jar the reader out from the world I’ve created.

Having worked in a senior school for many years, I heard first-hand the latest phrases and words but since many of them went in and out of fashion with remarkable rapidity, I have always been wary of using them. However, some words and phrases seem to catch on and they are usually found in the media, so I feel safer using them. Social media, especially is a good way to learn what's going on in the world of young adults.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday Morning Musings: Formula writing

Hello, Saturday!

How did your first October week go? This weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving, so Happy Thanksgiving to all us Canadians...and the wishes of the time to all our world friends.

I have another lame entry to this week's there a formula to writing this genre...and it was going to be family dinners and recipes, but I think I missed the timing here, so let's get to everyone's thoughts instead.

If there is a formula to writing this genre, I'm not sure I know what it is! Looking back to the books I enjoyed when I was young, they were all varied and I think I might have grown bored with very similar books. As a writer, if it occurred to me that I'd hit upon a formula, I'd want to do something completely different in case my stories were becoming predictable, so a formula would be valuable as something to use sparingly and then avoid.

I dislike formula writing as it gets blah reading. However, every story theme does have an ARC that outlines the story expectation of what will come next. When that's not followed a story can feel "off." Then, again, sometimes "off" makes the story exciting.

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