My students and I have been looking at the Young Adult Novel as a Bildungsroman. We have tried to establish how the protagonist grows in each novel. We looked at the five most significant events in each story. I’ve asked them for “homework” to identify the scene they will find most difficult to write and the scene they will find easiest to write. They should write one for next week.
Often there will of course be more than five plot points, but in the world of “plot pyramids” five can be a point of balance. Three “growing complications” and then a crisis and a resolution. The climax fills that gap between the crisis and the resolution; this is where the excitement comes in.
They are beginning to see stories. They are starting to use these tools. I think the stories this year are going to be as exciting as the ones we saw last year.