Part 2: Stereotypes and Tired Tropes In Part 1 of this series, we looked at ways to begin planning your characters and the importance of understanding your Main Character’s sexuality from the outset. This week we are talking about how to develop your Queer characters while avoiding stereotypes, tropes and being downright offensive. There is some … Continue reading Writing Queer Characters Part 2.
Night Swimming by Steph Bowe (2017) Note: We don't give star-ratings. We review in order to encourage the development of AusQueerYA, by deconstructing the good and the bad bits, to learn and grow as writers. *mega spoilers* The Blurb: ‘Imagine being the only two seventeen-year-olds in a small town. That’s life for Kirby Arrow and her … Continue reading Review: Night Swimming, Steph Bowe
Part 1: The Basics I’ve just finished reading Steph Bowe’s Night Swimming, a super cute and overall positive AusQueerYA. A full review will be up soon, but one thing that struck me was the repeat of the ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ trope and the ‘Awkward Lesbian’ thing, that we also saw in Erin Gough’s Flywheel. … Continue reading Writing Queer Characters Part 1.
Step into our office. Get YA Words out started in 2016 as a poorly constructed blog focusing on writing advice for LGBTQ+ writers working on QueerYA fiction. The reasoning behind this was that I (more about me below) am a LGBTQ+ writer working on a QueerYA manuscript and felt all alone. After spending half a … Continue reading What is Get YA Words Out?
Why it makes sense to self-publish your AusQueerYA One of the biggest names in self-publishing (though not a QueerYA author) is Hugh Howey. If you're not familiar with his story, basically he sold his first book to a traditional publisher, thought the whole process was awful, bought back the rights to his novel, self-published that … Continue reading The Argument for Self-Publishing
The YA part: We’ll start with the easy(ish) stuff. YA stands for Young Adult and is fiction "intended" for a teenage audience (*pretends not to be a 26 year old YA fan-girl*). These novels feature teenage characters grappling with the vast mountain of teenage issues and emotions. They generally run shorter than adult fiction (roughly 60-80k … Continue reading What is AusQueerYA?