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Road Trip Wednesday #26: Buzz!

Welcome to our *26th* Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is (usually) a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. But this week is a little different!  

First off, as you may have seen yesterday, YA Highwayers Kirsten Hubbard and Kristin Miller will be borrowing the reins from the amazing Georgia McBride and hosting #YALitChat! Join us tonight at 9PM EST to talk about buzz: how a project gets it, what's already got it, and what makes some YA novels break out while others seem to not catch on despite their awesomeness.
(Big thanks to
Michelle Hodkin for the suggestion!)

Second: We need your suggestions for future Road Trip Wednesday topics! Please leave us your ideas in the comments-- if we use your idea, we'll include a link to your blog in that week's post!

Thanks everyone, and see you tonight at #yalitchat!
Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. Woo! So psyched for tonight! I might be a little late, but I'll be there.

    Kristen H.: IDK WTH is wrong with my blog. I am having many problems with it. Punishment for my neglect, methinks. But thanks for trying, and for letting me know!

  2. How about...

    1. Who/what most inspires your work?

    2. What are your talents outside of writing? OR What else are you passionate about besides writing?

    3. How did you discover YA Highway (or maybe, how were you introduced to the YA blogosphere)?

    4. Feature an unpublished YA writer you admire.

  3. Hola! I'll pass the idea that I gave to the YA Rebels: who would you cast in the movie version of your favorite YA book? :)

  4. Favorite clothes to write in?
    Movie or TV show that influenced your writing?

  5. What about...

    What would your ideal writing desk look like? Right down to the perfect pen or laptop.


    Why did you start writing?

  6. Ooo Ooo Ooo!!! I like the "cast in your favorite YA book movie" and "what do you do outside of writing" ideas!

    Along those same lines, you could ask about what use as inspiration for characters, places, etc.

    I haven't been here long enough to know what has already been done...

    Maybe show some love for our favorite writing music (if you use it) or books/movies that inspire us to write.

  7. I'm excited for YALITCHAT TONIGHT!!

    Some RTW Questions

    What are some newbie writer mistakes that you have made?

    Who are top 10 (or 5?) fictional crushes?

  8. Love, love, love the fav. music when writing idea, and the casting your fave YA novel idea. Also, how about fav. crossover authors- you know, those people like the awesome Joyce Carol Oates that write YA and Adult novels.

  9. These topics are SO great -- thanks, you guys! AND SEE YOU TONIGHT! :)

  10. Well, there are already some great suggestions for future Highway topics. Um...I got this from Nathan Bransford's post today, but, When do you know when a project is going to work and when it's not?

    Some of these questions are ones I've come across on the web:

    Who/what has been the most helpful person/thing to you as a writer?

    Have you ever put someone you've known or met in one of your books?

    What would you write in your dedication page? And what is your favorite dedication page?

    Which literary character do you most relate to and why?

    If your favorite fictional characters used what would they write?

    What is the best opening to a novel you've read?

    What were the best and worst books of the decade?

    What reading/writing quirks do you have?

    When did you know you wanted to become a writer and not a taxidermist?

    Who was the most interesting character you've read about and why?

    As a writer, what's one thing you wouldn't be able to live without?

    If literary characters had Twitter accounts, whose tweets would you follow?

    I haven't been on Highway long enough to know whether some of these questions have already been discussed, so sorry if you've already discussed some of these.

  11. Wow, these are great ideas!! Thanks, everyone!

    See you tonight. :)

  12. So far, amazing suggestions. I love the featuring an unpublished author, feature music you listen to while writing, dedication pages, casting your fave YA movie, fictional crushes -- love em all!!

    How about:
    Take a great piece of advice that someone gave you about life in general, and apply it to writing.

    What is one thing you wish you could CHANGE about one of your favorite YA (or any genre) books?

    I like having a discussion of our favorite places to write, and why?

    It'd also be interesting to hear from people if they did base someone in their books on someone they knew, did they try to hide it? Where do we draw the line between our personal life and what we put into the public realm via writing? (hopefully one of you smart gals can phrase this question more succinctly than I.)

    What's your favorite reading memory?

    What are your desert island books?

    If you went to high school with your MC, would you be friends?

    Such great ideas everyone! Can't wait for next Wednesday! (And yalitchat tonight!)

  13. I finally remembered the one I'd forgotten earlier. It's: What is your writing dream?

    And: What makes you love a book? What makes you dislike a book?


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