June 18th, 2015

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Writing Excuses 10.24: Hooking Younger Readers

Writing Excuses 10.24: Hooking Younger Readers

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Key Points: What hooks younger readers? A familiar voice that is relevant to them. Both the syntax and the character's point of view. Popular picks do get checked out again and again. Book trailers do work! Are there differences in boy and girl reading habits? Boys do lean towards adventure/action/sports. Write about what interests you and do it in a voice that interests younger readers. Good characters, a good plot, and passion.
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[Brandon] Great. We actually had you come up with some homework to give to our students.
[Kiley] Okay, folks. Your homework. Go to the library or your bookstore and tell them three books you love. Then ask the librarian for something outside your genre.
[Brandon] Yup. We want you to be...
[Howard] And then read it.
[Kiley] Yeah. Read it.
[Brandon] We want to be forcing you to read something different. So we're going to make you go to an expert who knows their stuff. You're going to tell them what you love, and then they're going to pick something different that they love. Thank you so much, Kylie, for being on the podcast.
[Kiley] Thank you.
[Howard] Thank you, Kiley. You were awesome.
[Kiley] You guys are awesome.
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
[Mary] And read.
[Howard] Something new.
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