Writing Wrongs

March 06, 2004

I recently rediscovered YA fiction. Authors like Paula Danziger and Ellen Conford got me through junior high and high school. Even though I moved on to the adult section in the library early on, I kept coming back to my favorites. The girls in these books were like friends to me.

But itís been a while since Iíve been in high school ~ I wonít say how long. Long enough, at any rate, that Iím not sure I could capture the teen voice of today.

Still, I have this idea, almost fully-formed at this point (itís weird how some books are like that). Itís based, remotely, on something that happened to me in high school. I mentioned it to a friend whoís working on her second YA novel, and she said:

I will either kick your scrawny butt -- or steal your idea -- if you don't at least attempt to write this.

So with that bit of encouragement, I decided to give it a serious try.

Of course, I need to finish the book Iím working on now. But whatís been great is diving back into YA fiction. Sometimes itís good to read something radically different than what youíre writing, so you donít unconsciously mimic style. But Iíve been enjoying myself immensely and I think once I internalize language and style of the genre, Iíll be able to write mine.

Writing Progress: I need to make some this weekend, progress, that is. I want to add to the word count, work on revising the second segment of the story, plus do up a handful of entries for contests. Can I do it? Weíll see.

What Iím reading: Halfway through Royally Jacked.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 7:08 a.m.