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Hi All.  Can anyone recommend a writing instruction book, one specifically on writing novels, that could benefit someone writing an MG novel?  Thanks!
#1 - August 11, 2015, 08:05 AM

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Have a look at this post for starters:

https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=73158.0
#2 - August 11, 2015, 08:38 AM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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I didn't look at the link Marissa posted, but do want to recommend Nathan Bransford's HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL. Although it doesn't focus on MG, that's what he writes, so he often uses MG examples.
#3 - August 12, 2015, 03:26 PM

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Hi Lily!

Mary Kole's "Writing irresistible kidlit" is excellent, and it's perfect to have at hand when writing a MG or YA novel.

Hope you find it helpful! :)
#4 - August 21, 2015, 05:39 AM

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Donald Maass's WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL is good. Anything by Maass, actually. And although the research section is dated, everyone should read Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD.

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#5 - August 21, 2015, 11:26 AM
Learning to Swear in America (Bloomsbury, July 2016)
What Goes Up (Bloomsbury, 2017)
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Even though it's actually for screenwriters, I really like ANATOMY OF A STORY (Brody), especially for prewriting/planning.
Just for kidlit writers, my favorite is WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT (Mary Kole).
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I didn't look at the link Marissa posted, but do want to recommend Nathan Bransford's HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL. Although it doesn't focus on MG, that's what he writes, so he often uses MG examples.


The link Marissa posted is actually a sticky post full of writing book recs over on the writing board in case you're interested.  :bunnyshake
#7 - September 01, 2015, 08:49 PM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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Donald Maass's WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL is good. Anything by Maass, actually. And although the research section is dated, everyone should read Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD.

 :goodluck

I just read Maass WTBN earlier this month, and while I thought most of the advice was good, the voice turned me off.   :hiding
#8 - September 01, 2015, 08:50 PM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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