A novel requires more than just one main plot. In this episode, we look at three major subplots in Buffalo Flats by Martine Leavitt, one that involves Rebecca’s family, one that involves her local community, and one that involves the larger community. We look at how Martine weaves in these subplots and how she makes them work hard for the story and for Rebecca’s internal journey.
- KidLit Craft website
- Martine Leavitt’s Buffalo Flats
- A KidLit Craft post on using best friend subplots in middle grade novels
- Another look at subplots: thinking about threads introduced and carried through a story.
The KidLit Craft Podcast is hosted by Anne-Marie Strohman and Erin Nuttall.
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Anne-Marie Strohman (co-editor) writes picture books, middle grade novels, and young adult short stories and novels. She is trained as a teacher, an editor, and a scholar, specializing in Renaissance Literature. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is an active member of SCBWI. Find her at amstrohman.com and on Twitter @amstrwriter.