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A YAAGroup member asked this question:  What does a character-driven story mean?  One of the things YAAGroup provides is “Ask Izzy.”  It’s a place for members to ask questions.  Izzy answers their questions.  We thought we’d give you part of her answer.

There are lots of things to think about when starting to write a story–the idea, the plot, the characters.  But what makes a  story good is having a character people want to read about.  A character you want to keep visiting and follow throughout an entire book.  Is your character someone readers cares about?  Will the reader remember your character long after they put down your book?  Is your character driving the reader to finish the story?  If they are doing all those things, then you have a character-driven story.


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Attractive Woman with Her BooksIn writing, genre is just a fancy word for categories of books.

A few fiction genres are:  historical, romance, graphic novels, mystery, fantasy, and horror. Genres can be mixed or combined to make a melded genre, like historical fantasy.

There are categories within Nonfiction too.  A few of those are biography, history, science, or animals.


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Literary Agent – A professional who acts on behalf of an author. They represent the author in dealings with a publishing house and anyone else interested in purchasing rights to the book.

Genre – The different types of books. Examples of fiction genres include mystery, science fiction, fantasy. In nonfiction sub-genres are health, pets, art, memoir, or current events.

Artist Rep. – Similiar to an agent.  This person contacts publishers, art directors, editors and other people who need to buy art for a book, magazine, catalog, etc. hoping to get them to use their artist for future work.  They receive a percentage of everything sold.

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  • Full Circle Beginning/End – this is where you start and finish your story with the same idea, saying, or scene.
  • Dialogue Beginning – A sentence said by one of your characters that will grab the reader’s attention and suck them in to your story.  Such as E.B. White’s classic Charlotte’s Web. “‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.” 
  • The Action Beginning – This is the story that starts right in the middle of the conflict and makes your reader want to see what happens next. 

Become a member of the YAAGroup and you will be able to read more about beginnings, plus access information to improve your writing,  along with lots of writing prompts to inspire, opportunities to show off your writing and places to submit you work.  http://www.yaagroup.org/join.htm

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