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8 great female-penned YA sci-fi novels

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There are SO MANY awesome female-penned YA sci-fi novels. Here are 8 of the very best!

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Get Writing! Characters…

Here is the latest post by Angela and Daz Croucher to their blog A.D. Croucher! They are up-and-coming young adult authors. Check them out!

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Luna, Dudley, Fred, George, Cho, James, Lilly, Viktor…

You know them instantly. Even though it wasn’t their name on the cover. And we’re willing to bet you can name at least a dozen more of the characters that shaped Harry’s world. (Go on, do it! At least 12. Go!) Another roll of the dice says you know each of those characters’ histories, their arcs, their quirks, and the roles they each played in Harry’s life.

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A good story has a leading character (or more than one) that you can root for, and supporting characters that you can relate to. But how many books or movies have a whole cast that you feel are part of your family? That you’d really want to be part of your family?

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Of those few that come to mind, how many are some of your favorite books of all time?

Characters play…

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6 great YA city stories

Here is the latest post by Angela and Daz Croucher to their blog A.D. Croucher! They are up-and-coming young adult authors. Check them out!

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World-building is always awesome, but so is world recreating. Here are 6 YA novels that do a fantastic job at setting intense stories in beautifully real locations.

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Female ensembles: The reason why GLOW and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON 5 rule

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Jenji Kohan, showrunner of Netflix’s well-established ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and new show GLOW, had a pretty good June. OITNB’s season 5 was its best season yet, and GLOW was a brilliant debut from creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Here’s why female ensembles were the key to both shows being so extraordinary.

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Get Writing! Find the fire…

Here is the latest post by Angela and Daz Croucher to their blog A.D. Croucher! They are up-and-coming young adult authors. Check them out!

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Sometimes you throw a log on the fire and it surges; flames reach for the sky and you’re basking in its glow. Other times you throw that log at the wrong time or wrong angle and suddenly you’ve extinguished the flame. It gets dark. Real dark.

The same is true for writing. Some ideas send your word count skyrocketing and others have you TBD-ing all over the place. You get lost in the darkness and find yourself ending every paragraph with the dreaded ellipses.

No wants that. No one…

This is where you have to look hard at each of your characters. After all, if plot is the blood of your story, then characters are the heart that keeps it moving. To get momentum, you need the heart to start racing. You have no choice but to turn up the pressure. Basically, you’ve gotta ask yourself: What would George RR…

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YA novels to read while you wait for WESTWORLD season 2

Here is the latest post by Angela and Daz Croucher to their blog A.D. Croucher! They are up-and-coming young adult authors. Check them out!

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Yes, we know Westworld was a show with very deliberately slow burn pacing… but did they have to make the wait for S2 such a slow burn too?! Apparently, yes, they did, so here are 5 YA novels to help you achieve God Mode while you wait for the storyline to be rebooted.

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Get Writing! Spark your inspiration…

Here is the latest post by Angela and Daz Croucher to their blog A.D. Croucher! They are up-and-coming young adult authors. Check them out!

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We’re finally into summer and there’s no more need for warm-ups. Which means it’s time to get to the real writing. You’ve been here before—the start of something new—but you’ve always arrived with at least one idea at boiling point, ready to spill over onto the page.

But what if you face the blank screen or empty page and there’s no sign of inspiration?

Brutal truth? Too bad.

WW diving The sun is shining, so dive into some awesome new writing!

Writing isn’t a desire, it’s a practice. There are fun aspects to it, which without a doubt improve it, like daydreaming about winning Oscars, reading the new Leigh Bardugo Wonder Woman novel (which isn’t out until August 29 so mark that day off for some serious not-writing), watching the new season of Orange Is The New Black (it’s SO GOOD), and probably Wonder Woman again because it rocks… All of those…

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YA novels to read if you like BIG LITTLE LIES

Here is the latest post by Angela and Daz Croucher to their blog A.D. Croucher! They are up-and-coming young adult authors. Check them out!

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Wow, that BIG LITTLE LIES finale, right? It was weeks ago but we’re still reeling. If you’re looking for some murder mysteries with more of those complex, twisty-turny plot shenanigans, here are 6 YA novels you need to read (while you wait for Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Liane Moriarty to cook up BLL season 2!).

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Get Writing! Attack the block…

Here is the latest post by Angela and Daz Croucher to their blog A.D. Croucher! They are up-and-coming young adult authors. Check them out!

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Writing is awesome. Of course it is. But it can sometimes feel like heavy lifting—of complex emotions, intricate plot, grounded characters—so it’s always good to keep those creative muscles warm.

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Even if you don’t have a project you’re working on at the moment, keep writing. And if you are working on a project but you’re having trouble lifting (AKA… writer’s block), here’s a fun exercise that should help keep those muscles loose. In either case you might think that you don’t want to write something random. But here’s the thing: you never know when those small scenes could develop into something larger, or even solve that pesky plot hole.

Your mind is constantly working on story, behind the scenes of your everyday thought processes—that’s one of the cool things about being a writer, everything you do counts as part of the writing process in some way—but in order to make…

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5 YA books to read if you like American Gods

Here is the latest post by Angela and Daz Croucher to their blog A.D. Croucher! They are up-and-coming young adult authors. Check them out!

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After many, many years, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS is finally here! To help you deal with the wait between each episode, here are 5 YA books you should read that conjure up all kinds of gods and monsters.

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