Posts Tagged "Road Trip Wednesday"

The Highwayman Poem: YA Story in Miniature

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 | 14 comments

The Highwayman Poem: YA Story in Miniature

This week’s YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday question: April is National Poetry Month! Share your favourite poem(s) or poet. This is a no-brainer for me, as without my favourite poem I would never have written my debut novel, Glimpse. Yes, I really do love it that much. The poem? The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. Surely you’ve read The Highwayman. Here are the first few stanzas to jog your memory. The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees. The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas. The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came...

YA Books Being Made into Movies

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 | 18 comments

YA Books Being Made into Movies

I’m so excited about the huge numbers of YA books being made into movies. We’ve already had Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Beautiful Creatures, and still have many more to look forward to (see table below). This week’s YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday question asks: The Veronica Mars Kickstarter success makes us wonder, what YA book would you raise $2 million to see a movie version of? This is a tough one, as there are so many YA books I’d love to see as movies, many of which are already listed below (hooray!). If I could add another to the list, it would be: I’d pay serious money to see a big-screen adaptation...

Spring Clean Your Writing

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 | 4 comments

Spring Clean Your Writing

A day late, I’m taking part in my first YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday. This week’s question: Spring cleaning! What do you hope to “clean out” from your writing? What habits/tropes/words, etc do you want to eliminate?   alsis35 / Foter.com / CC BY-NC Rhetorical Questions I recently learned about this one. Having your main character ask herself rhetorical questions may seem like a great way to express emotions (‘How could this be happening to me?’), or goals (‘How could I get him to help me?’), but it isn’t the strongest writing. The question itself is redundant—think about what...