2017’s Top Ten Articles

30 Dec

Every year, I like to look back and see what everyone was discussing. I try to collect the best discussions and revisit them, so here’s a list of this year’s most popular articles. Normally, I would’ve made this list based on a combination of unique views, comments, and shares, but I didn’t track that as well this year, so it’s only based on unique views. But I hope you enjoy them!

1. The YA Protagonist’s Age: You’re 17? Me Too! 

I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit surprised this was my most viewed 2017 article. But I’m really happy more writers and readers are discussing the lack of variety in the ages of our characters, especially in YA. Teens go through many issues at different times, and it time our stories reflect that.

2. Is Romance Necessary in YA?

Another article focusing on young adult fiction, I discussed whether or not a story HAD to include a romance. While the answer might seem obvious and simple, this conversation is actually a lot more complicated than I wish it was. Sex sells, after all. Yes, even in YA.

3. My Hate-Love Relationship with Historical Fiction

This year, I began writing my first historical novel, and the journey reminded me of my struggles as a viewer/reader/consumer when it comes to historical fiction. I want historical fiction to push boundaries, but that will take a brutally honest conversation about what we understand of history and why we interpret it the way we do.

4. When Writing Makes Reading Hard: a guest post by Susannah Ailene Martin

One of the only guest posts I hosted this year! (Honestly, y’all, if you want to guest post, I always consider thoughtful topics such as this one, so please feel free to message me.) Here’s one writer’s story about how writing can cause writers to struggle with reading.

5. First Person or Third Person? Present Tense or Past Tense? How Do You Decide? 

Choosing how to tell your novel is a personal decision, so how do we make those decisions? This is how I choose tenses and POV, along with some tips to help you decide.

I’m so ready for 2018!

6. Book Marketing Woes

We all have them: book marketing woes. This is a list of common woes, like “I don’t have time,” and actual solutions to help you overcome the issue.

7. I DNF a Book

As an avid reader, I often feel guilty when I’m halfway through a well-written book…and just not connecting. This year, one of my goals was to be easier on myself and allow myself to set down books I wasn’t enjoying, so that I could spend more time reading novels I love.

8. Authors Can Change Their Mind

Five years ago, I wrote an article that was strongly against sex in YA…and now? Well, I haven’t completely changed my mind, but I’ve lightened my stance. Basically, authors can change their mind. This is an article about how we grow overtime.

9. Not All Villains Think They’re Good

“All bad guys think they’re the good guy in their story” has become a popular writing tip, and while I love this writing tip, I push back a little. Find out why.

10. My Editing Process Starts in my Writing Process

Editing is the hardest part of writing, but you can make it easier on yourself by setting yourself up for success early on. Here’s how.

I hope you enjoyed 2017 and all the articles that came with it!

If there are any topics you want me to cover in 2018, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

I’m always here to help.

Onward to 2018!

~SAT

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10 Responses to “2017’s Top Ten Articles”

  1. Don Massenzio December 30, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out Shannon A. Thompson’s compilation of the top ten articles from her blog.

  2. The Animation Commendation December 30, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    I’ve read some of those and they were great leads!

    I still wish we could do something to make sex not “sell” so much in fiction, lol, but I guess the culture we live in won’t allow it.

    • Shannon A Thompson December 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed them! And I agree. I wish we had more books that didn’t focus on romance. Lately, I feel like I can’t escape it. lol
      ~SAT

      • The Animation Commendation December 30, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

        I have no problem with romance; I’m a sucker for a good love story, lol. But, I just don’t think there always needs to be a sex scene involved. I would love for stories to be like how the fairy tales of old were where they wouldn’t mention sex, but they’d still have their love stories (Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White, etc.). We can make the stories better with the storytelling tools we have of the 21st Century, but still not need sex to sell it. That’s just my opinion.

  3. debyfredericks December 30, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    I especially remember #9, since it’s my contention that most “villains” actually do know they’re behaving badly.

    • Shannon A Thompson December 30, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

      YES! I’ve been searching for more novels (especially YA) where villains are just villains. Considering exploring more evil characters as a writer, too. Either way, I wish we had more of it in fiction.
      ~SAT

  4. daniellethamasa January 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

    That is a great list of articles with some important topics! Have a happy 2018.

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