Young Adult Fiction Suggestions

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  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
    • This book is well written has a unique voice to pair with the unique story. The antique photos and mysterious content are a beautiful pair.
  • The Diviners, by Libba Bray
    • This series is set in the 1920’s  and follows a group of people who have powers, including Evie who can see the history of any object she touches. This group of Diviners have to fight against an evil growing in the shadows and murdering people, while hiding their powers.
  • The Caster Chronicles, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    • This series of books are full of romance, suspense, and magic. This series is surprisingly written from the perspective of a teenage boy named Ethan Wate. These books have a setting and story that draws the reader into the book.
  • The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, by Libba Bray
    • This trilogy based in Victorian England is full of mystery and magic, with a twist of romance. It is an enriched and vivid story following the teenage life of Gemma Doyle as she deals with friendship, newfound powers, and a school full of Victorian values.
  • The Pendragon Adventure, by DJ MacHale
    • This fantasy/sci-fi series captures its readers with its fantastical worlds, deep characters, and that love-to-hate antagonist. You follow the journey of Bobby Pendragon and his friends through their teenage lives as they face off against Saint Dane.
  • Going Bovine, by Libba Bray
    • A book about a teenage boy who gets ill. He learns that he has prion disease, which is much like a human form of mad cow disease. With the help of a dwarf, lawn gnome, and angel, he tries to make of his condition, while also fighting against an evil Wizard of Reckoning.

If you are an avid reader of young adult then these are some books I suggest. I enjoyed them imensely!

Thanks for reading,

-Lalia LaRose

 

I’m Back and Started Revisions!

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Hey guys and girls!

I know it’s been a while since you last heard from me, but here I am! As you can tell by the title of this post I have started my revisions on LQoT. So far it has been painful. Not going to lie I have been excited, yet still dreaded, this process. As soon as I started reading over The Last Queen of Terrivea I realized something. Unlike most writers, I do not have an inner critic.

Shocking, yes I know. So now that I’m in revisions it makes it that much harder to spot flaws in my work. It’s nearly impossible actually. So now I have to find a way to make this process work. I’m thinking about getting a writing peer to read through my manuscript (who will be honest and straight forward) and help me find the flaws. Since I don’t seem to have an inner critic I will need to find a physical critic to help me. I’m hoping this will help me develop my own inner critic.

It doesn’t help that this is my first time going through the revision and editing process, so I feel a bit clueless. Not just a bit, I feel very clueless. I’m not sure how to find my own process since I don’t know how to start, especially with a non-existent inner critic to my disposal.

I never thought there would be a time where I wished I had an inner critic, but apparently now is that time. If anyone has any advice, or wishes to be a Critique Partner, please, please, please, leave a comment below!

I always try to be honest and open about the writing process as I go through it, and so here’s the truth. Writing the book is the easy part. The revising, editing, and querying are the hard parts.

Thanks for reading,

– Lalia LaRose

The Ugly Truth of Outlining Your Novel

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Hey guys, I’m back! Sorry for the long wait.

Outlining. Some people dread this process, even to the point where they skip it. These are the pantsers. Some people love the process and these people are usually the plotters or planners. And some people, like myself, enjoy it to an extent.

When it comes to outlining your novel there is one ugly truth you NEED to know. There is no one way to outline. Believe me I’ve done the research. There are hundreds of different outlining structures and strategies. You can read outlining advice until your brain explodes and it might never help you. Why? Because I believe everyone has their own unique process.

Some people don’t write down the outline, but keep their plot points in their heads. Now are these pantsers or plotters? Who cares! Some people, like myself, like to start writing with a general direction and then once they get into the story more, then make an outline. Some people make super detailed outlines and never make changes to it. Others change their outline constantly. How I outline will not be the same process of how you outline. And that’s the beauty in it.

When you look for outlining advice remember to always allow yourself some freedom too. You are allowed to make changes to the process to best fit your and your novels needs and wants. Let me hit you with another ugly truth. Every novel you write might need a different outlining process! What worked for your first novel, might not work for your second novel. Sorry.

If you’re anything like me, you keep things simple. I tend to write down important plot points only. I repeatedly look at them and try to find ways to make the outline better. Sometimes that means moving plot points around. Sometimes it means changing them, or deleting them. I also tend to make separate outlines for each subplot and then create a master outline with all the plot points listed in chronological order (even though sometimes that order changes as I said.) I always try and remember to see the cause and effect relationship between my plot points. I ask myself ‘why?’ and ‘what if?’ all the time. This way I feel like I’m alway improving my ideas.

The only real advice I can give on outlining your novel is to find what works best for you and your novel. But always be open to try new things. Sometimes that’s how you find your new process.

Thanks for reading,

Lalia LaRose