For my upcoming semester at Spalding University, I need to turn in a 20-30 page essay referred to as an Extended Critical Essay, or ECE, Since I imagine three and a half-weeks between each draft wouldn’t be enough time for me to do all my research, reading, writing and edits, I am working on gathering all my information now.
I’m not sure what my topic will be on. I’m leaning toward writing emotion into a story or something on world building. Maybe I can somehow combine the two…. How character’s emotions can help with world building in YA. I may decide to go in a totally different direction as well. But I’m hopefully giving myself enough time to do the research and come up with a final decision.
In fact, I plan to write mini-essays on the two topics while I am doing the research, with the hope that it’ll help me build material/resources for the ECE I will need to work on. I would love feedback from people as I make progress, differing opinions, suggestions on what other resources to look at, no matter what stage I am in during this endeavor.
My first step is to find the resources that will help me write the mini-essays and eventually the ECE. I would appreciate recommendations on:
- Non-Fiction books/articles on Writing Emotion
- Non-Fiction books/articles on World Building
- YA Fiction that is a good example of one or both elements.
- Any other resources that you think may be of interest/help to me.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations and comments.