Remember—the world supports the story and everything inside of it. A well-developed world feels real and accessible.

Get to know our September featured author, Lindsay Lackey! Lindsay’s debut middle grade novel All the Impossible Things came out on September 3, 2019. Read on to find out about everything from her book launch to school visits to writing the next novel, as well as the biggest surprise moment of her 2019.

DiCamillo manages to build Louisiana’s emotionally complex and rich world through the use of details that serve a dual purpose: they illuminate as well as foreshadow.

Jen Jobart details how Jason Reynolds puts to use strategies for developing compelling characters that Cheryl Klein outlines in her craft book The Magic Words. More than that, she introduces us Ghost, one the great middle grade characters of the last five years.

Bottom line, when you read Any Day with You, you feel awash in family love–whether multi-generational, extended, or found.

Learning craft will always set writers off on the strongest foot.

“Like querying, acting is full of rejection. Give up, and you’re done. So, armed with an actress’ resilience in the face of rejection and a publicist’s ability to attract a reader’s eye, I have been well trained for an author’s career. As Lady Gaga says, ‘If you have a dream, fight for it.'”

Unremarkable jobs used in interesting ways can also enhance your character, drive some of the plot of your story, and perhaps provide the skills characters need to succeed at their biggest challenges.

Durham has made his job as a writer easier by having a strong turn near the midpoint of the book. He has something to build toward in the first half of Act 2 and something to move from in the second half.

Schmidt uses repetition throughout Orbiting Jupiter to evoke emotions in his readers.