It seems like books classified as ‘Young Adult’ often get a bad rap. It is easy to dismiss young people as naive and idealistic, and sadly, many do, but I often find teenagers to be well informed, engaged, and that they offer an interesting perspective. And the stories written for, by, and about this age group, are no less meaningful and important. Here are a few of my favourite young adult novels:
We’ve all heard the adage to ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’, but these days, cover art is such an important aspect of producing a written work, that it’s impossible not to judge books by their cover art. And there are some SERIOUSLY beautiful covers out there. This edition of Friday Favourites will discuss my most recent favourites, and it was quite difficult to limit myself to only five choices:
As some of you know, in addition to writing, I am also a classically trained soprano. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Calgary in 2009. As such, music is an essential part of my life. I’ve also found that music can be an incredible inspiration for my writing.
Here are three ways in which music inspires my writing:
I always find that it is difficult to talk about losing steam in my writing, because there is a certain amount of shame that I associate with losing motivation. The phrase ‘losing steam’ is horribly cliche, and yet it is such an accurate description of how I feel when I begin to lose motivation that I can’t help but use it.