Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Keep Your NA Novel Fresh

Natural Selection
by Amanda Lance
a New Adult Romance
from Limitless Publishing
“How to keep your novel fresh in a sea of New Adults Novels"
a guest blog by author Amanda Lance
With the rising popularity of new adult over the last couple of years, there has been an explosion of the genre. Swarms of new adult in all its forms, including romance, coming-of-age, and historical have bombarded the marketplace. This by itself has prompted a new love of reading for all those ‘twenty-somethings’ with relatable characters and everyday situation they can relate to.
But with the onset of new adult, how does a writer in the genre keep their work fresh, and interesting? Building up a large enough audience to create a following?
In order for a writer to keep the new adult genre innovative, there are several techniques a writer can cultivate included but not limited to:
1.    Eavesdrop—It may sound a little perverse, but listening in on other people’s conversation (particularly of those in their late teens and early twenties) can help to give you a better idea of what the average young person goes though on a daily basis. This also makes it easier to apply real life experiences to your work.
2.    READ. READ. READ.—Read anything and everything you can get your hands on. The classics especially can be helpful in getting back to your writing roots. They might have bored you to tears in high school, but even observing the different styles of the greats can be really beneficial to your craft.
3.    Avoid New Adult—The exception to the READ. READ. READ rule is to avoid ‘new adult’ in the literary world. While it never hurts to keep up on the competition, focusing on one author or a particular category of new adult can influence your work too much and lead to imitating a style that is not your own.
4.    Ditch your Laptop—Writing in shorthand instead of typing it out tends to bring out the creativity in people. (On a side note, it is a good way to avoid all the distractions the internet has to offer!)
5.    Give your characters a Facelift—New adult is peppered with a lot of familiar archetypes. And while we all love an alpha male or a naive schoolgirl, working outside of those archetypes can help create something memorable for the readers and help advance the genre.

Natural Selection


To ensure she would have the life she deserved, Kasper Zafar ended his relationship with the beautiful Emilia Ward, sentencing both of them to a broken heart and lonely life.

But haunted by the memories of the foolish girl who stole his heart, Kasper has determined himself to win her back—or kill himself trying.

It’s been a year since Emilia Ward left Iram manor, and when Kasper comes back into her life the walls she has constructed around her heart threaten to come down.

And she might need him more than she wants to admit. Yet as badly as she wants him back, she won’t let him get away with hurting her so easily. Kasper needs to learn his lesson, and Emilia thinks she’s just the one to teach it to him.

However, just as they renew their sensual affair, Kasper’s elusive past comes back to jeopardize their happiness.

If he’s not careful, he may just die fighting for her after all…

Author Bio:

A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.

When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.

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Twitter: @alance07

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