“How much repetition should we use to make sure the story is clear? Is it different for different for YA and adult fiction versus children’s fiction?”
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“What problems come from marketing a YA book without labeling it as YA?”
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.
We continue our journey through Hadrian’s Flight. Now we’re at the pinch point in the novel, where our main character goes from being reactive to proactive, and as a result the world changes around him.
Today I explain all about McGuffins, how they are, and how I chose my McGuffin for Hadrian’s Flight.
Today I talk about the Boot Camp phase of Hadrian’s Flight, which is that part of any YA novel where the character’s identity is broken down and rebuilt to meet the demands of the story. I explain why this is important, how it works, and how I did it to Hardiran.
Today, I continue with the Heinlein Juvenile formula sheet, talking about what makes the Heinlein juveniles unusual among young adult novels and which of them create their enduring appeal.
Books discussed, all by Robert A. Heinlein:
Farmer in the Sky
The Rolling Stones
Tunnel in the Sky
The Star Beast
Time for the Stars
Citizen of the Galaxy
Have Space Suit, Will Travel