The Writer’s Toolkit: Proofreading – How to Slow Your Brain’s Auto-correct

Congratulations you've finished your manuscript and are neck deep in the revision trenches! By now, you are very familiar with your story and it looks great to you, but don't fall for this trap. No matter how great you are at grammar and spelling, proofreading your own work can still leave you with glaring typos. Welcome to your brain on auto-correct. It happens whether we read silently to ourselves or out loud. We skip over [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:54:30-04:00February 15th, 2018|Mo Writing|1 Comment

Making Your Setting a Power Player

We're excited to bring you a guest post by the fabulous Christina Farley! Christina is the author of the bestselling Gilded series and THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top-secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. Take it away, Christina! The setting of your story is one of the power players in your novel. It [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:54:45-04:00December 18th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments

On Writing: Taking a Different Perspective on P.O.V

Our visiting author is Julie Leung, author of the Mice of the Round Table series. Her latest release, Voyage to Avalon, hit the shelves on October 3rd. Julie LEUNG was raised in the sleepy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, though it may be more accurate to say she grew up in Oz and came of age in Middle-earth. She works in book publishing as a digital marketer. In her free time, she enjoys furtively sniffing books [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:55:06-04:00October 24th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments

The Writer’s Toolkit: Finding Your Voice

I like listening to free samples of various books on Audible. After a while, I don’t have to look to who wrote what. The voice of each writer is as unique as a fingerprint. Why is that? Is a writer’s voice something we are born with or is it something we can be taught? Voice can be taught. Writer’s Digest has put together the must have text for all writers on the subject. Best-selling authors [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:55:22-04:00October 16th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments

No Longer a Debut: What I’ve Learned So Far

We at the Middle Grade Mafia love having authors stopping by to share things they have learned. Today, we have a guest post by author Laurel Gale. If you haven't checked out her books, you must! Take it away, Laurel... No Longer A Debut: What I've Learned So Far. With the release of my second book, Monster, Human, Other, I am officially no longer a debut author. It’s not a stunning revelation – I couldn’t [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:55:33-04:00September 19th, 2017|Mo Writing|2 Comments

Is Your Protagonist Too Lucky? A guest post by Janice Hardy

We are thrilled to have Janice Hardy, award-winning author and founder of the popular writing site, Fiction University back as a guest blogger. Follow her at @janice_hardy Getting a plot to unfold just the way you want it to can be challenging. Sometimes we get so locked on how it should go, that we make it follow a certain path—even if there’s no reason for it to unfold that way at all. This can lead [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:55:46-04:00September 4th, 2017|Mo Writing|4 Comments

The Write Tip: Writing Your Way by Elissa Weissman

My hope is that seeing the childhood writing and art of today’s most beloved authors and illustrators in Our Story Begins will inspire readers to tell their own stories in their own way. In that spirit, here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at my personal writing process, with 5 things that don’t work for me and 5 things that do. Five Things That DON’T Work for Me: Outlining my story I once heard the author John Barth [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:56:00-04:00August 30th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments

The Write Tip: Bigger Is Not Better and Less is More

Our own Mafia member, Lisa Lewis Tyre, is holding a short-story contest called The Bertie for students 10-13 years old. The Middle-Grade Mafia will serve as judges and will be posting writing tips for students in the weeks leading up to the contest. Today's topic is written by Kim Zachman: Bigger is Not Better and Less is More   When writing fictional narrative for an audience of young people, it’s more pleasing to the reader [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:09:26-04:00August 14th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments

The Write Tip: Writing Action

Our own Mafia member, Lisa Lewis Tyre, is holding a short-story contest called The Bertie for students 10-13 years old. The Middle-Grade Mafia will serve as judges and will be posting writing tips for students in the weeks leading up to the contest. Today's topic is: Writing Action Books have superpowers. They move us. They transport us away to far away places. They allow us to experience thrilling adventures without the risk of being stabbed [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:56:17-04:00August 9th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments

What Is Middle Grade?

We here at the Middle-Grade Mafia take the term, "Middle Grade" in stride.  We use it every day, in our blog posts, our tweets, our Facebook updates and even in our (#MG) hashtags.  But I've found that when I meet someone who isn't in the publishing industry and tell them that I write Middle-Grade fiction, they get confused. So what IS Middle-Grade fiction? Loosely speaking, Middle-Grade fiction is written for children between the ages of 8 and [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:56:29-04:00July 28th, 2017|Mo Writing|0 Comments
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