Hopefully by now, you have seen (or at least heard about) the 2018 release Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. Everything in this film — animation, writing, music — is completely stunning. Today I want to talk about what is possibly the most famous scene: What’s Up, Danger? Take two and a half minutes to enjoy this […]
I am lucky enough to read for a living. As a literary agent and a writer, I constantly seek out new stories to hone my own craft and to stay abreast of the trends in the market. Reading makes us better writers and editors, and is a key part of continuing education. Since I read […]
Stories are, ultimately, simple things. Character, plot, world. Someone does something somewhere. But to create an engaging story that really draws in a reader, you have to dig a little deeper. CHARACTER Nearly every story starts with a character. No matter how inventive your plot or world is, no one will care if they don’t […]
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You’ve found it—the One True Story you want to work on. You’re excited! This is going to be awesome! You start writing and you fall in love with the characters, and the world, and the story— Oh no. This isn’t going to be a standalone like you originally thought. The character arcs need more time […]
It was an author visit to a school in western New York. Fifth graders. Obviously an intelligent class of kids because they sat riveted and laughed at every one of my jokes. We came to the Q&A portion. One of the kids stood and read his prepared question. “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s […]
I’m here to talk about What Comes Before You Start Writing. I’m not talking about outlining — I’m talking about the pre-outlining process, when you’re ready to streamline your premise and get to know your characters’ basic needs and wants in order to drive the story forward. This is particularly useful for pantsers and plotsers — […]
Why contemporary? I write contemporary because I want to explore the struggle of identity in the real world, and I want teens to know that they aren’t alone—and what better way to do that than through stories in contemporary settings? Writing from experience In any genre, you can pull inspiration from real life […]
This post will go live 5 minutes before the session begins. To participate in the Q&A, post your questions below! Maggie Hall indulges her obsession with distant lands and far-flung adventures as often as she can. She has played with baby tigers in Thailand, learned to make homemade pasta in Italy, and taken thousands […]