Thursday, April 14, 2011

Is it a Girl book or a Boy book?

30,000 words, woo hoo! It feels like I've written a hard-earned million words on a book that has taken my thoughts and dreams for over two years now.

I'm a very slow writer, with short poems my preferred style. A sci-fi novel is quite a stretch. My re-write is taking 28 chapters and telling a complete story in each. 1 down, 27 to go!

This re-write takes my MC from age 17 down to age 14, aiming for the middle-grade reader.

My son told me that because my MC puts on lip-gloss in chapter 1, it's a girl-book. Oy!

What indicators do you use in Chapter 1 to tell the reader that the book is geared primarily for one type of reader? (e.g. Boys or Girls?)

1 comment:

  1. Lip gloss - I'll have to remember that. :) I realize I write girly books, so I guess I can feel free to include lip gloss if it comes up. :)

    Good job with your WiP edit! How's it going now?

    I hope you had a great Easter!



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