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(But first, a random gif that has nothing at all to do with what I'm writing, just because dang. This cat’s impressive.)
So here goes! Random writing middle grade tips:
- Sacrifice almost anything for clarity.
- Dialogue attributions should come as soon as possible.
“Nah. I was just enjoying how fresh the air smelled when I wasn’t standing right next to you,” Hope said.
When you are reading aloud, even if you don’t do different voices for each character, you still kind of do. If you have to wait this long for a dialogue attribution, you might be getting the wrong “voice.” Let's look at another way of doing it.
“Nah,” Hope said. “I was just enjoying how fresh the air smelled when I wasn’t standing right next to you.”
That’s an example where we introduce the attribution asap. If your sentence contains more than one clause, you can break it between clauses.
Or you can start with a beat that let’s us know who’s speaking before they even start:
Hope looked up at the ledge she’d stood on moments before that now seemed so teeny. “Nah. I was just enjoying how fresh the air smelled when I wasn’t standing right next to you.”
Both of these last two ways work.
- In late, out early is extra important in MG.
- Awesome names are a huge plus.
- Your viewpoint protagonist is generally 2 years older than your intended audience.
- Kids don’t want to see the forest, they want to meet the bear.
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