This book is great if you're just embarking on the journey of writing a YA novel, but it also provides sound advice for the seasoned writer. I particularly like the sections where Ms. Going touched base on:
- Character development
- Opening with conflict
- What resolution is
Well, apparently I've been killing my creative momentum. I admit it. Sometimes I try to make things too perfect. I spend days editing, feeling like I haven't earned the right to keep writing, and moving forward with the story. Ms. Going talks about the dangers of editing too early and how it can kill your creative momentum.
I plead guilty to the charge.
She describes creative momentum as the following:
Momentum can be a powerful force to keep you moving through the writing process. Writing is not easy, and the task of finishing an entire book can be daunting, but it's easier to keep going when you're working hard and your story is flowing well than it is when you're picking up something cold. You know you've got momentum when each day's work leads into the next, and you just can't wait to finish the scene or chapter that you had to leave dangling the night before. ~page 141
Consider this: If momentum is so precious, why would you want to lose it too early in the process? You wouldn't. That's why editing too soon can be dangerous. When you stop the creative process in order to turn your attention to revising, the forward motion of the book stops. ~page 142
To sum up, Writing & Selling the YA Novel, was informative, and definitely not dry. Ms. Going even includes opinions from actual teenagers on issues ranging from teen voice to e-books. I recommend this book to any aspiring YA Author, but I want to make clear that I don't' know Ms. Going and in no way am I being compensated for this post. Just sharing a book that I found helpful.