The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.
She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.
Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.
But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything.
About the Author:
Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen in the summer of 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute.
Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym.
Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.
How to write a good plot
Plotting is one of my favorite parts of the writing process. I love trying to figure out the problem of what comes next. It’s like doing a gigantic puzzle.
That said, I’d be nothing without my tools.
I always start by consulting my favorite writing books. I start with K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel, and supplement it with a few other books, like Save the Cat and The Virgin’s Promise.
Once I get to the point where I’m starting to think seriously about structure, I pull out my white board and some Post-Its. I map out the story in four lines, each line ending with a plot point (Plot Point 1, Midpoint, Plot Point 2, Ending). This helps me see visually how the story moves and where I might get in trouble.
After I get the story mapped out in Post-It form, I write a scene-by-scene summary—basically telling the story to myself. Doing this really helps me brainstorm and usually highlights plot holes. I’m also able to make notes about what needs to be foreshadowed where, when characters should be introduced, that kind of thing. Often, if this stage is detailed enough, I’ll start writing from here--usually because I’m too excited to wait any longer, and also because sometimes you just have to start writing the thing in order to find the holes.
I’d love to say that plotting is an exact science for me, but it’s not. It’s a lot of trial and error, a lot of notes and comments and deleted scenes, and a lot of long, therapeutic walks.