Grading Fiction the Smart Way, Not the Easy Way

Grading Fiction the Smart Way, Not the Easy Way

By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer
How big a part should grading play in your One Year Adventure Novel journey? How do you grade a teenager’s novel? The grading rubric for The One Year Adventure Novel—or “OYAN” for short—is disarmingly simple. But in my years of interacting with parents, I’ve come to realize that, sometimes, this disarming quality can mask some of the complexities of nurturing a young writer.

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How to Write Battle Scenes When You’re Not into Battles

How to Write Battle Scenes When You’re Not into Battles

By Avrie Roberts, Guest Contributor
If you’re non-military minded, like me, the thought of writing battle scenes makes you inwardly groan. Maybe also like me, you hate every attempt you’ve made at writing those scenes. You can get away with not including warfare in some stories, but what happens when you can’t avoid it any longer?

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Unforeseen Endings & Other Gifts of a Flexible Novel Outline

Unforeseen Endings & Other Gifts of a Flexible Novel Outline

Daniel Schwabauer
Outlines aren’t the only way to bring shape to a story. A bad outline will drive you compulsively in the wrong direction. Instead of giving advice, it will give commands. It will tell you to write what it summarizes, regardless of how the story has changed in your mind during the telling. “I am the story,” a bad outline will say. And if you listen to it, your story will be bad too.

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How One Smart Scene Can Pull the Weight of Many

How One Smart Scene Can Pull the Weight of Many

By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
For six years, I couldn’t figure out how to write an opening scene for my book. It’s a running joke among my friends that I’m an obsessive editor—I’ve spent nearly ten years now on the book itself—but my struggles with chapter 1 were especially ridiculous.

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