Tag Archive 'authenticity'

Embrace the Naked

(photo by flickr’s alice popkorn)

I talk a lot about digging deeper in the writing process and putting more of our true selves on the page. It occurred to me about halfway through my second post on the subject that at some point I was going to have to address how to protect oneself in light of all that truth talking and self exposing. But I was okay with that because I’d just embarked on my own journey to discover […]

The Real World and the YA Novel

Today’s guest is YA author Meredith Zeitlin, whose debut novel, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters, was just released on March 1st. What’s the book about? Meredith’s book trailer is too good not to share, and does a better job answering that question than we could, so please give it a look:

FRESHMAN YEAR AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS by Meredith Zeitlin from Anne Walls on Vimeo.

We’re so glad Meredith’s with us today to talk about weaving a message into your YA […]

Entertainment vs. Truth

What’s more important to you, entertaining your readers or revealing the truth of things?  Both?  Maybe, but your writing itself will tell me on which side of that divide your values predominantly lie.

Entertainers often are unashamed.  The harder they insist on their purpose, though, the more likely it is that I’ll find their stories formulaic and their characters stereotypical.  The truth tellers, by the same token, can be equally uncompromising.  Yet the more they avow their disdain for commercial success, […]