Archive for the ‘Plot’ Category

re: Are Subplots Off-Limits in 1st Person POV?

posted 12/20/11

Dear Editor…

I was reading that subplots are told in the secondary character’s point of view. How do you manage this in a 1st person point of view novel? Can you still have subplots even though you have to see all the action through the main character’s eyes?

Thanks,
Linda

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Guest Editor Barrie Summy re: Red Herrings in MG Mysteries?

posted 3/17/11

Dear Editor…

Do you think red herrings and foreshadowing are important in middle grade novels? I’m working on a spooky mystery and am wondering if I need to pay more attention to adding red herrings. It seems like a tough element to learn. Thanks for any input you can give me.

Sincerely,
Lynn

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re: 3rd Draft . . . Last draft?

posted 12/30/10

Dear Editor…

Now I’m ready to work on the third draft of my YA novel. I’ve never been here before. How do I do this? Should I start over for the 3rd time or just edit parts of it that need work? Is this still the cutting down on characters/bettering the plot time? How do you know when you’re done?

Sincerely,

Melody

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re: Scenes, Chapters . . . What’s the Difference?

posted 12/2/10

Dear Editor…

I give up. My writing group keeps telling me that my chapters are really just scenes. I don’t get it. What’s the difference?

Sincerely,

Randalf

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re: Should Flashbacks Be Feared?

posted 9/1/10

Dear Editor…

In my critique group my fellow authors warned me about the dangers of flashbacks in fiction. They suggested a prologue, but I have heard that prologues can also be deadly to a manuscript. Can you give me some advice on this matter?

Many thanks,
J

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re: Must a Murdering Dad Make Good by “The End”?

posted 8/10/10

Dear Editor…

My protagonist’s father is convicted of murder. He also has a history of abuse. He’s found innocent of the murder, and promises a better life for his family. My critique group wants him rehabilitated. How can I resolve this and stay true to the time period when spousal abuse was sadly hidden or ignored?

Sincerely,

Maria

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re: How Many Characters Are Too Many in Chapter 1?

posted 7/7/10

Dear Editor…

Is there a maximum number of characters to introduce in the first chapter of a MG grade or YA novel? I don’t want to introduce too many, but I have 8 characters PLUS a generic Mom, Dad, and two sisters. Does it make a diff if some of these 8 are name intros only?

Sincerely,

Carol

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