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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Scene with domestic violence?
« Last post by jerry-harwood on June 25, 2020, 10:49 AM »
Thanks to all of you!  This has been very helpful.  I rotate "interviews" (I send you the questions) on my blog for authors I know / have interacted with.  If any of you would like, email me at jerryharwoodbooks at gmail.  I'll send you the questions.  It isn't much, but every little bit of publicity helps, right?  Pax vobiscum!
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Scene with domestic violence?
« Last post by jerry-harwood on June 25, 2020, 10:46 AM »
Jerry, you must read Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. There's a wonderful scene at the end when the main character realizes that the bully in question has himself been bullied. I wrote about this book here: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2018/05/reading.html  and now that I think about it, MG can have quite a bit of violence. In that same post, I mention Peggy King Anderson's book Two Moon Journey, which is the story of the Trail of Tears. As you can imagine the violence is on scene. Another beautifully written book. Happy reading.

Thanks so much!  I will check this out for sure!
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by olmue on June 25, 2020, 06:33 AM »
Happy birthday! Yay for all the years you've been alive to read and write, and cheers for all the years ahead of you to do the same!
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Scene with domestic violence?
« Last post by Mrs. Jones on June 25, 2020, 05:35 AM »
Yeah, abuse comes in many forms, not just violence. Maybe show how the abuser publicly shames the person on the porch, very loudly. And maybe the MC (the kid?) observes, and notices neighbors watching, turning their heads away, moving inside from their own porch. Getting to the heart of it on many levels -- it makes the abuser feel more powerful, the person being abused feel shame and small, and the observers near and far are anything from "glad it's not me" to scared for themselves, to backing off and not wanting to get involved. Depending on where you are in the story (beginning, middle, end) you'll want to show where the MC is in understanding all these things in all the characters involved. Because even the the observer three houses away who keeps reading the newspaper as though he/she doesn't hear the abuse is deeply involved.
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by dewsanddamps on June 24, 2020, 09:49 PM »
Happy birthday, haunted! :hb3  :phat :hb :phat :hb3

:partytime
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by hauntedsouls on June 24, 2020, 07:14 PM »
Well I had a linguini with shrimp dinner. But I'm going out with friends on Sunday so maybe then! Thanks, Debbie.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Scene with domestic violence?
« Last post by Vijaya on June 24, 2020, 06:57 PM »
Jerry, you must read Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. There's a wonderful scene at the end when the main character realizes that the bully in question has himself been bullied. I wrote about this book here: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2018/05/reading.html  and now that I think about it, MG can have quite a bit of violence. In that same post, I mention Peggy King Anderson's book Two Moon Journey, which is the story of the Trail of Tears. As you can imagine the violence is on scene. Another beautifully written book. Happy reading.
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All Other Good News / Re: Big Birthday News!
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on June 24, 2020, 06:28 PM »
Happy Birthday! Celebrate like a five year old, with cake, games, and ice cream.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Scene with domestic violence?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on June 24, 2020, 06:26 PM »
I think watching your main character process this may be more important than the event itself. Staying in the character's voice will also help the reader. Consider carefully what the character gets from the scene, but also what you want the reader to take from it.

There are plenty of MG novels that handle tough topics from death to cancer to homelessness/poverty, to mental illness. Perhaps it will help for you to read a few to see how they do it: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand, Solving for M by Jennifer Swender, Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby, Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Scene with domestic violence?
« Last post by jerry-harwood on June 24, 2020, 05:47 PM »
Good thoughts. Currently I have my main character outside the bully / antagonists house and just hears screaming. It is a turning point at the end of the novel where the antagonist is humanized. I’m fluctuating between the main character sees enough to have sympathy but shield enough to stay in genre.

In My pre-writing career I was a program director at a mental health clinic (and counselor) so I completely understand the question of how much people want to validate their own experiences vs not relive them. That is a great question and one to ponder.  Thanks all for the responses.
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