Tag: fiction

Goal-Setting in Writing

Starting Out From July 2013 through 2016, my primary writing goals were as follows: Maintain my blog by writing a new post every week. Write some fiction on the side. Pretty generic: I know. For...

/ January 3, 2018

Word counts for Newbery Medal winners

Everyone who writes children’s or YA lit wants to win a Newbery. That’s the pearl. But what’s the formula? Of course we know there isn’t one. Not exactly. And we also know we need to...

/ June 22, 2016

What I read in 2014

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the...

/ December 29, 2014

The Fault in Our Yarns

This post was originally published at The Post Calvin, a blog I contribute to by great alumni writers from Calvin College. _________________________________________________________________ I am beyond children’s literature. I am above the YA genre. Not in a...

/ May 1, 2014

When superheroes get religion: I’ll take Malala over Kamala every time

Wavy black hair. Olive skin. She’s fashionable, with the patterned scarf and the rings and the jeans fitting just so. People assume she’s Arab — like they know what that means — but she’s Pakistani....

/ December 9, 2013

The Struggler: A Novel

So far on Fridays, I’ve posted links to things I think are interesting, funny, cool, provocative, worth looking at. I want to do the same today — with extra emphasis — because it’s the work...

/ September 6, 2013

Word counts and other distractions

I’ve wasted hours upon hours looking up word counts. Finally, I made a list. I want to share what I’ve found so that you won’t waste time looking yourself. Here are the numbers on highly-praised...

/ July 25, 2013