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Questions 212: Stretching Into New Genres (Writing Instruction Series 6)

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In this sixth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How do I get my students to expand their reading tastes so they can write in multiple genres?”

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Books Discussed:

Tales from the Twilight Zone by Rod SerlingSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follett

Questions 211: The Blank Page (Writing Instruction Series 5)

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In this fifth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I help my students conquer their fear of the blank page and get that first sentence down?”

Questions 209: Effective Vocabulary Building (Writing Instruction Series 3)

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In this third installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I respect subculture grammar while teaching best practices in word choice and writing?”

Questions 204: Should Your Fiction Set an Example?

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Cheyenne asks:
“How can I write characters who don’t share my values, without betraying my values?”

Books discussed:
Tree and Leaf by J.R.R. Tolkien

Poetics by Aristotle

Questions 185: Do Not Rewrite? Are You Crazy!?

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Dan Dan The Art Man asks:
“I’m really struggling with Heinlein’s Third Rule. How can you NOT rewrite and still turn out good stories? Can we fix stories before we abandon them?”

Books discussed:
The Republic by Plato

YA Adventure Special 13: Wrapping It Up

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Today, I talk about the Character Climax in Hadrian’s Flight, the denouement, and the experience of finishing up my first ever successful attempt to write a Heinlein Juvenile. Interesting revelations about the nature of creativity and young adult literature ensue.

This marks the final episode in this series of specials–do send in any questions it spawned for you!

And be sure to check out Hadrian’s Flight for yourself!

YA Adventure Special 12: The Action Climax

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Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.