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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Writing Question: Satisfactory Book Endings

I've read a couple books over the past week--a true treat. I'm not going to give away titles, to respect the authors. This discussion is all about what makes a satisfactory book ending.

Book 1, a fantasy, overall was a good book. The story was quite clever, and I had a hard time putting it down. Until...it occurred to me, a couple times after the 3/4 point that this novel was going to continue in another book. Perhaps I should have assumed "series" since this is a fantasy novel; however, it bothered me the writer was setting me up for a second book when I wasn't finished with Book 1 yet. The ending was okay, and would have been so much better if plot threads were tied up.

Book 2, a historical fiction novel, had such a satisfying ending, it took me by surprise there would be a continuation of the story. Don't get me wrong. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens to the characters in the next book--I already have an idea of the story that needs to be told next; however, the author did such a beautiful job with plot and character arc, the novel was fine--as is. The story...the ending was perfect. Not a happily-ever-after ending. Not a dismal ending. Simply a courageous, realistic ending that worked so well for this time period.

This all makes me wonder, what do you think makes a satisfactory book ending--in a stand-alone book? in a book series? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Links, Baby, Links

Writerly Links
The Enchanted Inkpot: The Art of Pacing
R.L. LaFevers: Robin's Craft posts and Plot posts

Fun Links
readergirlz: Want to win a free copy of Keri Smith's next book, How to Be an Explorer of the World? Leave a comment over here with your email address. One winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, July 14th and notified via email that day. Note: Entrants must be residents of the U.S. or Canada and have a valid email address.

I, uh, think I killed my muse: Benjamin James Watson's fantastic post: Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

readergirlz: Cecil Castellucci on The Plain Janes

We are thrilled to welcome Cecil Castellucci to readergirlz this month. Her graphic novel, The Plain Janes, is our July pick! Check out the our interview with Cecil, book party ideas themed around The Plain Janes, and our Reach Out project idea--as well as the awesome soundtrack Cecil's chosen for the book--on readergirlz.com.

Here's a little about the book, which features amazing art by Jim Rugg:

When Jane is forced to move from the cool confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there in the lunch room at the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. Main Jane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. But can art attacks really save the hell that is high school?

And the buzz...

"This graphic novel for girls feels like a teen movie and teaches young women the joy of being original." - USA Today on THE PLAIN JANES, Best Graphic Novels of 2007

"Castellucci clearly knows what goes on in the lives in many teens." - School Library Journal

"Castellucci gives voice to a memorable teenage narrator." - Publishers Weekly starred review

We are psyched! Join us all month right here on the blog for discussions and mark your calendars a LIVE chat with Cecil and Jim on Wednesday, July 22nd at 6pm PST/9pm EST.

Happy July, readergirlz!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Writing Tip: Add Lots of Conflict, Baby

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

Something to think about when we're adding conflict to our story.

Have a great writing day!