Sunday, May 18, 2008

Writing for Teens the YA Market

In a recent Newsweek article "Generation R (R is for Reader)" they talk about the hot teen market. It's great news to know that in this generation of technology entertainment that young people are reading! While you may immediately think of Harry Potter, there's more. Here are some of their selections:

Tuck Everlasting -
Winnie Foster finds adventure when she meets the Tuck family, who have drunk from a spring that gives them everlasting life.
Twilight -
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
The Outsiders - The author
depicts the struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their peers.

So what do these books have in common? They deal with topics and situations teens relate to. For today's prompt talk to a teen. Listen to them. What concerns do they have? What makes them happy? What's troubling them? What are their struggles? After talking with them, take what you learn and develop a fictional character who experiences a situation that involves what you've learned.

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