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The Thing That Makes You Special

(Just a note, this article was featured in our September 2019 Newsletter. Some references may not correspond with recent events. To receive our articles first, you can subscribe to our newsletter...

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Miraculous Knowing: Instinct, Intuition, and Insight in Fiction

I wanted to chat this month about something that happens quite frequently in fiction (both published and unpublished), something I’ve dubbed “miraculous knowing.” This is when answers or solutions...

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Do You Know Where Your Antagonists Are? (Part II)

Imagine the opening of a contemporary YA fantasy manuscript. The heroine is fleeing through a forest at night, chased by a hulking, hairy hellhound with sharp claws and sharper teeth. The heroine...

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It’s Story O’Clock: Do You Know Where Your Antagonists Are? (Part I)

In fiction craft, it’s a nearly universal struggle for writers to keep track of their antagonists. (If you don’t struggle with this, count yourself lucky. If you do, never fear! You’re not alone, and...

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Achieving Writing Goals

This month, we asked three NLA authors to give some tips on how they achieve their writing goals. If you set a writing goal, what are two tips to achieve it? If not, what is something that you do...

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Interview with Jonathan Messinger, Author of The Alien Adventures of Finn...

This month, NLA’s Tallahj Curry had the pleasure of interviewing Joanna MacKenzie’s client Jonathan Messinger, author of the series The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, as well as a podcast of the...

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Interview with Brittney Morris, Author of SLAY and The Cost of Knowing

This month, NLA’s Tallahj Curry excitedly interviewed Quressa Robinson’s client Brittney Morris, author of SLAY and her recently released novel The Cost of Knowing. How has writing for other...

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Fan Favorites and Likability

This month, we asked three NLA authors about their fan-favorite characters and what makes them so likable. Which of your characters is a fan favorite? What makes them likable? Is that important? Why...

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Honoring AAVE on the Page

When you’re writing Black characters, how you use African American Vernacular English (AAVE) on the page will reveal whether you’ve honored their voice or whether you’re using dialect as a gimmick....

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When the Author Dream Is No Longer the Dream

In fifteen years of researching and writing articles for Pub Rants and the NLA newsletter, I’ve never seen an agent tackle this topic. Many newsletter readers subscribe solely for tips and insights on...

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