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Saturday, October 20, 2012

How to write YA in 7 easy steps


1) Give the characters unpronounceable names.

2) Kill the parents (and for that matter any adult) right away.

3) The heroine is drop-dead gorgeous but is not aware of it.

4) There is a less drop-dead gorgeous girl who our heroine thinks is the real drop-dead gorgeous thing.

5) The hero speaks in fragments and/or infrequently and only with short phrases such as “go now!” “I love you.”

6) The hero totally falls for the heroine when he first lands eyes on her but is too tongue-tied to show it.

7) The heroine thinks the hero is out of her league and he should be with #3.

22 comments:

  1. Lol! Love this and it's so true. ;)

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  2. Well said, Lectus! Hilarious post :)

    -Grace :)

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  3. Haha, so true. Love this post!

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  4. ahahahah! You totally nailed it! :)

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  5. Hahaha!!! Oh my goodness this is too funny! and very true! I admit I love a good YA book, but they can be VERY formula-based. =)

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  6. This is definitely the total points that make me HATE a book! I love this post! XD

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  7. Lol! Thank you guys!

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  8. Haha LOVE this! Or (on #3) the heroine is not only unaware that she's gorgeous she has to keep saying "I look plain" all. the. time. :) Super funny Lectus (and so true too)! <3

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  9. LOL, sums up most plots!

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  10. Love this! Although I'm not sure about the speaks in short phrases. I tend to see that more with best friend types. But maybe I'd not thinking of something.

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    1. You are right! It's just that when I came up with this I had just finished reading a book where the guy was like that (BETA mute) and I was pissed :-)

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  11. This is great... especially the first two!!!

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  12. haha ... makes perfect sense. Come to think of it i'm stealing those tips for my short book i'm busy writing..awesome :)

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  13. Hahaha, this made me laugh.
    I don't understand why they characters always have to have ridiculous names that sound like they were thought up over a cauldron during the middle ages.
    Here's a few I just thought up for my own amusement:
    Rowanna, Watutu, Leimatyn, Sonyarianna, Koyaline

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    1. From what book are those? They are unpronaunceable!

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  14. ARGHHHHHH! Merlin's pants. I can't stop laughing after reading this one, Lec. Very spot on! makes me think that a part of you is a writer in disguise seeing that this post is so true. :D

    Thanks for making my day!

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  15. probably the reason why i do a lot of eyerolling (if and when) i read YA ;P

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  16. Hi Lectus! *Waves*

    No one knows this, but I'm #3... Just male and super effin handsome LOL

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  17. Ahahaha, I love it. This is so true at times.

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