Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tip O'Day for Writers #100

Guest blogger Michael J. Pollack on writing YA.

If you write for young adults, remember what it felt like to want the privileges of adulthood but not the accountability. Remember what it was like to want to sit at the grown-up table but how hard it was to let go of the frivolous things of childhood. No other time in our lives do we straddle two worlds with so little guidance. Remember that feeling with every sentence you write, and you will truly be writing for young adults.

Dixon says: It’s refreshing to see so much YA written these days with teen sensibilities, not as if they’re just short adults. I don’t read a lot of YA, but found both the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games trilogy as compelling as most adult fiction.

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