vocaloid-review asked: I feel like a horrible person: I don’t want to read as much anymore ever since I read books aimed at my age group as sexist & condescending but I need to to improve as a writer. And when I read comic books, they’re not too great either. Do you have a list of books that’ll kick me back into gear, or at least some words of comfort for a girl who doesn’t want all her books about women & men to be ruled by romance, lazy plots, & what sells? (hell just give me a book without romance uuugh)

Here are some awesome books (most are YA) that have little to no romance in them:

Thank you for your question!

Anyone else have suggestions for great YA (or Adult) fiction novels with little to no romance or at least a fresh take on things?

Hi. I forgot the one thing I definitely did not want to forget in that Basics of Writing and Reading YA Fiction article.

So, here it is. If you want amazing recommendations for YA fiction, check out the book reviews on Scattered Pages, the blog of author Dot Hutchison. There are some great suggestions for lesser-known YA authors.

Seriously, go. Go now.


Anonymous asked: Hi, what are some good resources for first time writer’s of Young Adult fiction. Also, any good recommendations besides some of the more popular ones like Suzanne Collins and Cassandre Clare. Thanks.

We’re going to give you a ton of articles on writing YA fiction, but here are the basics:

  1. Do not condescend to your reader. Ever. Do not preach. No one cares about five pages of exposition detailing the dangers of drunk driving or pot smoking. Be honest. Be open. Tell a riveting story not a cautionary tale.
  2. Create strong young characters. Young people are complex and your characters should reflect this. Their decisions aren’t always the right ones. Their thought processes don’t always make sense. They’re learning. They’re growing. Don’t forget to have them make mistakes and learn from them in believable ways. Give your characters power over the events in the story. Children in YA fiction have the power to change (their) world. Don’t overlook this.
  3. Have a solid plot. This is especially true in YA. YA readers are there for the dynamite plots. Action is a big deal. Even if it’s a relatively “small” story (no saving the world), the overall feel should be epic.
  4. Write with a strong YA voice. Young adults sound like young adults. They’re not adults in teenaged bodies. Young people speak differently, have different interests and priorities, and behave differently from adults. Write a voice young people want to hear, but which also resonates with adults (lots of adults read YA now).
  5. Listen to young adults. They know what they want. Go talk to some young people. They’ll tell you exactly the sorts of stories they care about. Learn from them first, then write a story for them.

Here are some articles on YA fiction:

And here are some great authors in YA fiction:

Okay, listen. There are literally thousands of young adult authors. Tons of the best authors in YA fiction are not listed here, but it’s a start.

Here are some more directories for great YA authors:

If you’d like to add an author to the list, reply to this post or shoot us an ask. Please format your suggestion like this:

[author’s first and last name], author of [book or series title]

Thank you for your question!