It was a pleasure and a privilege to speak with and learn from the National Books, New York Times bestselling authors, Melissa De la Cruz, Alyson Noel, and Margaret Stohl. I know they inspired many Middle School writers with their stories and insights. As I reflected on the experience, I took three big ideas away with me from their discussion; personal connections, creating characters that are flawed, and using your own style in the writing process can help create more engaging stories.
Alyson Noel felt that showing personal connections of grief and sadness in her character, Ever, in Evermore, made the character’s reactions and emotions believable, and made the reader able to relate more to the character. Ms Noel also shared that the creation of Ever helped her express and work through her own emotions as the character developed.
In terms of character creation, Melissa De la Cruz, felt that interesting characters should be “broken,” or have some issue or problem to make them engaging. In her new novel, Frozen, the main character, Nat, is struggling to find out who she really is, and what her purpose is in life. As you read this book, you become absorbed in her struggle, until the resolution at the end, or is it the resolution?
Margaret Stohl related that the process of writing is different for everyone, and that we all need to remember that it is OK to have an individual process as we are all different people. In her latest novel, Icons, Stohl shared that her storyline developed as she constructed her novel, and that her initial plans changed during her process.
These three very personable authors explained how to create better stories with connections, character development, and using an individual writing process. They also showed us how down to earth they are were, despite their success. I couldn’t wait to get writing, how about you?
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