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Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 1 “Genres” – Section 5 “Young Adult”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Before I begin this chapter, I must say that this topic is one of the few for which there is an abundance of wonderful literature. Among them are “The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children” by Nancy Lamb, and “The Pied Pipers,” which is an anthology of interviews with the great children's/YA authors of the 20th century (and from which today's quotes will be extracted). I've read both, and both are phenomenal and worth the read. And today, I'm going to talk about the main points I've learned about writing Young Adult (YA) novels. Please keep in mind that while I will use the world, “children” many time in this article, it is du
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Yet even with all of the thin
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Lyn: Most heroes fight mainly with their brawn; Heroes like Superman, Goku, and Asura. But every once in a while there comes along a villain who needs a bit more than an Infinite Mass Punch or a Kamehameha Wave to beat.
Xander: That’s when you call in the brains!
Lyn: Joseph Joestar, the 2nd JoJo…
Xander: And Edward Elric, the Fullmetal Alchemist.
Lyn: I’m Lyn and he’s Xander…
Xander: Strap yourselves in, kiddies! Get ready for DEATH BATTLE!
A.K.A. JoJo, New York's JoJo, The 2nd JoJo
Weight: 214 lbs.
Occupation: Hamon Master
Themes: Bloody Stream, New York's JoJo
Lyn: The date is February, 1889. After an attack by Dio Brando, Jonathan Joestar sinks beneath the waves, ending the events of Phantom Blood. Fortunately, Jonathan was able to save h
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The party she'd brought with her was a mixture of Warriors and Apprentices, amongst them was her own son Rookfeather, Snaketail, Tornheart and Wrenwing, her four strongest Warriors, barring Shiningwing. She'd brought Moorspirit too, as he tended to reassure her, perhaps it was because he'd come with her to the Moonpool that one time, and because he'd been so close to her daughter when she was alive,
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The quest for coffee and wi-fi had led Amanda to Benny’s Tea Shop, on the corner of Columbus and West 73rd St. Benny, short for Benedicto, was a generous, middle-aged man who took an instant liking to Amanda; plying her with pastries which the slim girl refused demurely. It was only after a sustained week-long assault that Benny discovered Amanda's weakness – iced ci
Amalgamation - Chapter 33, Trojan HorseAmalgamation - Chapter 33, Trojan Horse1 day ago in Short Stories More Like This
Game: Mass Effect, Dragon Age
Characters: Alistair, Kaidan Alenko, James Vega, Morrigan, Flemeth, Samantha Treynor, EDI, Anderson, Solas, Garrus, Leliana
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Bioware.
WARNING: There are Dragon Age Inquisition spoilers therein! If you haven't beaten the game, turn back now.
Chapter Thirty Three - Trojan Horse
"Garrus, it's us, your friends." Kaidan tried to stay calm while he prepared to biotically lift the turian if need be. Garrus' response - chest heaving, clawed talons outstretched, and a heavy growl rumbling low through his flared nostrils - indicated he wasn't registering recognition. The harsh red lights gave the room a sinister glow, as though the walls were painted with blood yet to be spilled.
"I don't think we're his friends right now," Joker uttered an octave higher than normal.
"And he's between us and the exit," Vega added as he off
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Of course I wondered this too. I always hoped I'd go out the second way, with my family all around me. Happy. Isn't that what everyone wants? But the universe isn't fair that way.
I died the first way.
Horribly. Violently. Teeth grinding against teeth as my world fell from under me and I couldn't breath. It hurt. God, it hurt so much. But what could I do? Nothing. I did my part. I helped save humanity. At least, I tried.
God, did I try.
And now it was over. This is the thanks I get. No neatly wrapped present with a note that says "Congratulations! You're going to live a long life and be happy!" Instead I got pain. And agony. But at least he was safe. I hoped. I hadn't seen him since the Wall fell. For all I knew he could be dead. Digesting in the stomach of one of them. Oh
A Little GameThe door of her apartment was already unlocked when she got there. Chelsea pulled the key out of the lock and nearly dropped it to the carpet, feeling her heart skip a beat. She stared at the door, waiting for it to swing open from the inside and reveal some kidnapper or serial killer ready to jump at her. Seconds ticked by. Nothing happened.A Little Game8 hours ago in Short Stories More Like This
I forgot to lock it, she told herself, scooping her keys up and gripping the doorknob. That would make it the first time she forgot to lock her door, but a lot was on her mind lately--an incredible secret that she had been carrying day in and day out for the past week. Forgetting to do a simple task wasn’t so outlandish. Besides, this wasn’t the time to go crazy with paranoia.
A wonderful night was promised to her, and she was only stopping by to freshen up and put on something nice. She listened closely to the outside, knowing she would hear the telltale thuds of a giant’s footsteps soon. Not many giants lived near her ci
c"I'm really embarrassing, but that's part of my charm, you see!"c15 hours ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Experimental (GT/GTS RP)In modern times, you found your life was starting to look a little bleak or was getting worse. With the population growing rapidly, finding a full-time job seemed impossible now within your home town. You could try moving to other states or perhaps leave the country all together, but do you have that kind of money on you, especially to go as far as to leave your home country? Not only that, if you did have that kind of money, who is to say you'll be able to manage the people outside your country, if you somehow find a well paying job there?Experimental (GT/GTS RP)18 hours ago in Short Stories More Like This
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She breaks the surface, swallows down oxygen. Strands of ginger hair are plastered to her forehead and freckled cheeks. Her lungs ache. If only she really was a fish, if only she didn't have to remember and could live forever in a watery world. There would be no heartache, she tells herself. Treading water, she wishes she could sink down into the depths, into the welcome embrace of the river bottom.
That isn't possible.
She allows herself to drift, carried by the current. Yue drops her head against the water, her brilliant blue gaze riveted upon the sky. She looks like her father; has his eyes and his hair and his lanky build. It's obvious that she is his daughter.
But from her mother? From Nuri she has inherited freckles. It's not enough, she constantly wants more, grasps at any similarities.
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Rosa giggled, “Good morning, Mister Josh!”
“Morning,” muttered the Texan, turning to look at the horizon. It was barely after sunrise, “Aren’t you up a little early?” Beside him, Denzel and Chen had also been awoken by Josh’s cry (and in Chen’s case, by Rosa accidentally hoping onto his face as she had rushed over to wake Josh). The cub continued to jump excitedly between the three explorers.
“I couldn’t wait to play!” she squalled, tugging Josh by the sleeve, “C
Salikos - Introducing Mamma AudeajA cold day, well- that was pretty obvious now wasn’t it? Cold, with some cold, with an add-in of, you guessed it, cold; ice, wind, snow, a big white mess of forever lasting winter known as the arctic tundra. But today wasn’t so bad: the sun high in the sky, warming what little it could of the ground below it, bringing a bit of peace to the creatures roaming both land and water. A pair in particular had decided to branch out from their resting place, stretching beneath the sun as they both managed to sleep the day away nearly completely. They were both male, one a tiny bit smaller due to his younger age than the other and greatly different from one another according by the colours of their pelts.Salikos - Introducing Mamma Audeaj21 hours ago in Short Stories More Like This
A more blue fellow shuffled forward, skinny stripes reaching down his body with a rather messily scattered mane of different shades of blue and near black followed by piercing yellow eyes that scanned the world before him. He reached a back
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The Cruel Giantess Jamie
This is the story of how I was used as a toy by a cruel giantess known as Jamie. It started out as a normal day, I was walking about minding my own business. Suddenly, I hear this rumble in the distance, I heard her long before I saw her. She was walking about and didn't see me at first but she soon noticed me and came walking my way.
I was standing in the middle of a field so there was no point in running or hiding, all I could do was to wait and see what she wanted. Finally, she was standing right before me, I could smell her feet from where I was standing, a nasty smell. I looked up at her, and she was looking down at me with a wicked smile.
- Well well, what have we here?
- Uhm, hello?
- Aren't you adorable, and tiny.. What are you doing around here?
- Just relaxing, it was such a nice day, suddenly seems a bit cloudy and smelly..
- Oh, was that a joke? You're funny, hey, do you wanna hear a joke?
- What did the foot say
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-Mary Baker Eddy
Her name was Yuko, a name which meant "affectionate child". In the nineteen years of her life as a merchant's daughter, she was the subject of simultaneous adoration and envy among the people in her hometown. No other had hair as silky-soft, skin as delicate and spotless, or a face as beautiful. What stifled what could have been general dislike was one simple fact: she was the kindest and most generous soul of the village. She would greet people with a smile and a pleasant demeanor, from friends to newcomers and children to the elderly, and made it her business to never hold any ill will towards anyone.
The reason for this was thanks to an event in her childhood, when she was no older than twelve. After her family had been attacked by bandits, resulting in the death of her mother, she was perplexed by their actions. On hearing that some people were just that way, she vowed that she would never be like them and bega
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I turn to my right, rubbing my half-closed eyes. Seeing Carson smiling sweetly at me, I can’t help but smile back.
And so begins my typical day.
I shower together with Carson, scrubbing each other’s backs. After choosing my outfit for the day and his as well, we dress quickly and start to make our favorite breakfast, coffee and toast. We munch on the crispy toast and tease each other about how bad the other’s cooking skills are. To be honest, we both suck at it. Then, we decide on who washes the dishes using a simple game of rock, paper, scissors.
Soon, it’s time to get out into the world. We walk the same route each day, hand in hand. The grocery shop owner, Bri, waves to us and tosses us each a loaf of bread. Turning left at the next corner, we pass by a small café and the waiter Dan nods to us curtly. Another ten meters away, Allie, my best friend shouts to me and runs to my side, jabbering away about how the boy next
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Angel took the lead as the team set out for their day of hunting. Florence and Jane stayed near the back, Flo very shy about the new tokotas and Jane taking it easy for the sake of her spine and not wanting to hurt herself early in the hunt. Xeno stayed off the the side of the rest of the team, unsure whether to trust the others or not. Albion was in the middle of the group, his paws lifted high to keep them out of the dirt and mud, hating being out where there was no paths to walk on. Otherwise he seemed like a happy and bubbly tokota who enjoyed being in the in the fairly big sized group. They had no particular target, they were gonna go after whatever laid in their path, and whatever it was the season for. They knew for sure, no caribou. The caribou were long gone, having moved on to a new location far from the reaches of these particular tokotas. They moved,
The Sylander FamilyThe Sylander Family6 hours ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Are you sure she's old enough for dating?"
"You were a bit hurried yourself when we started dating. Try not to embarrass her."
"Okay, mom and dad. I'm ready!" Both the nomad and zbornak turned their gazes towards their child, stepping down the staircase. She had the body and head shape of Wander, but was blue and had legs and a tail like Sylvia's. She even had long orange hair over her shoulder and at the moment was wearing a dress with a large ribbon at the back. "How do I look?" asked Cynthia.
"You look so adorable, honey!" Wander replied, gleefully.
Sylvia simply nodded, "Yup, pink is definitely your color, kiddo."
The doorbell rang, catching the family's attention, as the nomad nodded, "I'll bet that's him now."
"I got it!" Cynthia reached the door, but her mother got there first opening it. There stood... a familiar looking alien, only in resemblance and short in height comparison to the hybrid daughter.
"Um..." Sylvia raised an eyebrow, "You must be...?"
"Dislike, ma'am." The Sk
Mind Over Matter: Vanishing ActKissing James one last time Sophie grabbed for her shirt and pants. “Yeah I guess that is for the best… The girls are probably wondering where I am.” She then began to pull on all her clothes, with a few flick of her wrists the room returned to some sort of order. “Damn, we did quite the bang up job didn’t we?” She asked before willing her body to shrink down, “I guess I will have to send you those pictures James.” Sophie said standing at phone height, “Well? Ready for this? I think I am getting better at this shrinking business”Mind Over Matter: Vanishing Act11 hours ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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Blue Blaze maintained her grip around the neck of Mariposa as they reached the large room on the fifth floor. There was a large metal sliding door in front of them; Tara pushed Mariposa towards the button on the side.
“Open the door,” she commanded roughly.
Mariposa reached out slowly; the iron grip Tara had around her neck was still making it very difficult for her to breathe. She gently depressed the button, and the metal door creaked as it slid into the wall, revealing an incredible sight; the large, well-lit room, with four clear ‘pods’ on the far wall, each housing a sleeping superheroine. Each appeared to be floating inside its pod, head bowed, eyes closed, arms hanging at their sides.
“You…weren’t kidding,” Tara breathed. “Hawkgirl…Supergirl…White Owl…Wonder Woman.”
“The four jewels of my collection.”
“Not for much longer,” Tara growled as she pushed Mari
Drunk - Teen!Mycroft x Teen!Reader (part 2 of ?)You awoke the next morning, your head pounding and the ceiling above you was spinning. You groaned slightly and scrunched your eyes shut again and buried your face into what you presumed was a pillow on the bed you were currently sleeping on. It wasn't until said pillow started to move underneath you that you realised that it was in fact an actual person.Drunk - Teen!Mycroft x Teen!Reader (part 2 of ?)1 day ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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You were still fully clothed and so was he, good. You didn't want sex with him... you didn't...Okay, you wouldn't exactly complain if it happened, in fact you wouldn't complain at all. You did like him after all, you liked him a lot. You liked him a lot more than Steven. Last night though, you were pissed, it didn't exactly mean anything, people do stupid things when they'
Circe gets her startDerek Hartsworth was busy tidying up an apartment that rarely got that sort of treatment. He was the local Arcane Council representative for the city and was about to take on a new apprentice mage. The girl had given a number of instructors fits and eye ticks so he was getting burdened with the task of finishing her magical training. He'd received pictures of her, but no matter what sort of device was used to capture her image the result was full of grain and static, he could make little out of any of them except for red hair and bright, even electric blue eyes. It was a fitting color, most mages had an element or two they were most in tune with and for his future student that was electricity. The static and other issues in her photos were caused by the fact she constantly emitted what amounted to a low level EMP pulse. She was a teen that couldn't own a smartphone, or even come within a few feet of one most of the time. She must have a rough life trying to fit in...Circe gets her start1 day ago in Short Stories More Like This
He'd spent a lot o