About How YA Fiction Works

The acquisition of a book signalled not just the potential acquisition of knowledge but also something like the property rights to a piece of ground: the knowledge became a visitable place.-James Wood

May 16, 2013

How YA Fiction Works is a blog about Young Adult fiction from a writer’s perspective. Influenced by James Wood‘s book How Fiction Works, this is not a book review site.  How YA Fiction Works focuses on the how and why. Ultimately, a collection of my thoughts on writing through books I’m reading.

What I aim to accomplish:

Be as specific and clear as possible.

Forewarn of spoilers.

Change my mind.

Answer all questions and comments.

Take requests or ideas for posts.

What I’ll (likely) not do: 

Use correct MLA format when quoting (seriously, who has the time?). Instead, I will give page numbers, chapter numbers, links, and book format (Nook, Nook App, iPad, hardcover, etc.).

Be perfect. (Definitely not!)

Use writing craft jargon.

 A Moment of Thanks

I should note that some of the ideas, concepts, indefinite definitions, blatantly unsubstantiated conjectures and pompous diatribes were conceived, in whole or part, during (an-almost-decade-long) conversation on and around art, or late night (so-ridiculously-verbose-they-probably-didn’t-read-them – “tldr”) text messages with friends and colleagues. I cannot thank these lovely humans enough for putting up with me. You all know who you are.  I am indebted.

Oh, you say this blog is pretty?


I had NOTHING to do with it!

Meet my lovely and amazingly multi-talented designer, Hannah Slaughter!

(She’s kinda a big deal, folks!)

You can find her here:





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  1. Pingback: The Hunger Games: Stakes, Risk & Character in YA lit | How Y.A. Fiction Works

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