For a long time now, Angela and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. As a new feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, Angela and I will take turns giving well-deserved recognition to some of the people who really make an impact...people who truly are Writing Heroes.
The operatives at YA Confidential get my hero vote for all that they do for the YA writing community. If you don't write YA, you may not be as blown-away, but you can at least respect their ingenuity and creativity. First of all, it must be said that this awesome blog just started in September, so the operatives have achieved hero-dom in just a few short months. Here's how:
Reason #1: a can't-beat posting schedule. They post 6 days a week. Six. Days. A week. As a blogger, I totally dig that. Yes, I know there are 7 of them, but that's part of their genius. Want to really help writers? Give them lots of excellent content. Can't do it by yourself? Convince, finagle, or entrap six others to do it with you. Brilliant.
Reason #2: excellent teen-centric content. If you write for teens, you need to know your audience. You really can't do too much research in this area, and when it comes to research, this site is totally awesome because you hear, from the mouths of teens, what teens like: what turns them off in a romance, do they read the newspaper or keep up with current events, what's cool for teens to do on Halloween?
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You can't get this kind of intel short of doing the footwork yourself, and why bother, when the operatives do it for you every week?
Reason #3: The man's perspective. The latest operative to join YA Confidential is The Black Wiggle, who posts about male stuff that, as a woman, I still just don't get. Not only does he give tips on how to write the male voice, but he also answers questions girls send in about guys. Again, genius.
So if you haven't checked out the YA Confidential blog, run on nimble little fingers to have a look-see. And thank you, tricksy spies at YA Confidential, for being my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me, people!
To pay it forward, Angela or I will give a 1000-word critique to each Writing Hero we profile. The hero can then choose who to grant it to, or offer it as a giveaway on their blog. All writing heroes will also have a permanent link in our header!
So tell me Musers...do you know the operatives at YA Confidential? Have they helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate these amazing WRITING HEROES!