The main highlight for me was watching Jay speak to a room full of women (and two dudes) in his “Why a YA?” workshop, where he gave out so many nuggets of wisdom about where YA originated, why it’s important, how to research and write it, and what the pitfalls are that I had to switch pens because I ran out of ink! We heckled him a bit, but he maintained his poise and kept the crowd laughing and scrawling notes the whole time. Ah, I’m so proud.
My dear agent spoke about “Writing Blockbuster MG and YA Fiction,” where she broke down the five essential ingredients needed in a kick-ass book, and gave a million examples including Crank and Glass by Ellen Hopkins, Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande, and Thirteen Reasons Why by…guess who? Guess who?? Jay Asher! What are the nominees for the next big thing in teen lit? Action/Adventure, Sophisticated crossover YA, and Multicultural stories. Which is good for me, seeing as how my new YA has elements of all three rolled into one. So, I got that going for me.
I also caught Penny Warner’s workshop on “The Structure of Plotting Your Story” where she forced us to boil down our book to a less-than-25-word sentence, which is waaay harder than one might think. She gave so many specifics about what a good plot needs that this time I ran out of paper. Love her. She’s funny, approachable, and smarter than Einstein!
We interrupt Evie's post to bring you...Robin!
I attended Mary Hershey's wonderful seminar on"Finding Your Muse," in which I discovered Mary's muse is named Wanda. Luckily, I now know how to tap into my inner creative mind and find my muse so that I can become a happier writer! (I think I'll name my muse Amy.)
We interrupt Evie's post again to bring you...Jay!
I'm so tired.