Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I am at the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference, and I love it. My workshop group this year is especially fun; I'm not sure if that is partially due to the fact that there are no men in our group…

At any rate, today we workshopped my piece, and do you know what they wanted? More sex and more violence.

I should clarify: my novel does not contain actual sex. Just two teenagers who are friends. The readers wanted to see more of a romance between the two. They also wanted the antagonist to die a bloody horrible death, which he does, but which is not currently written as very bloody and horrible.

Thus my solution: More sex. More violence.


ol' Bob said...

Good thing you acquired a boyfriend recently. It helps to write from experience.

Now, about the violence...?

ol' Bob said...

Clarification: I am not accusing Ms. Edit of inappropriate behavior. Her book features two teens in a properly G-rated romance. Her own experience will therefore apply.


elegyrl said...

I liked your novel as is! I think even though those in your group think it needs more sex and more violence there are many other groups who would completely disagree and would be quite happy with the less sex less violence aprroach you very nicely used!

Betty Edit said...

I suppose I should clarify: It's not actually more sex that is needed, just more sexual tension.