One way is to remember. You have to be in touch with your teenage self in some way, and your old teenage friends. William Sutcliffe, author of Concentr8 and The Wall You are taking a big risk as an author when you try to replicate the voice of someone odd years younger than you, living in a world very different from the one you inhabited yourself at that age.
Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! And even though I spend my workdays with teens, I heard it countless times when I was looking for representation for my failed first YA novel. It took more than eight drafts and constant revisions, but ultimately I signed with an agent who sold the book in a little over a month.
Here are 10 practical tips on how to do just that. This guest post is by Kurt Dinan. Dinan is a high school English teacher who lives in Cincinnati with his wife and four children. And while he never pulled any of the pranks in the novel, he was almost arrested in college for blizzarding his college campus with fliers for a fake concert.
Follow him on Twitter KurtDinan. For getting into the right frame of mind: To sound like a teenager, you need to become a teenager again. Spend a week or longer solely writing out your teenage memories. Start it as a list at first—naming friends, enemies, teachers, adventures you had, successes and screw-ups, choices you had to make, etc.
Next, choose the memories that stand out the most to you, and write about them.
The important part here is to focus on how you felt during these experiences. This is definitely a dam-opening type of exercise of memories and feelings.
With every book I write, I learn more about the craft and more about what works for me as an author. It's hard to write a solid "Step by Step" guide for writing a novel, but this is my process more or less. Teenagers shouldn’t be expected to write the same things adults write. It’s apples to oranges—they can’t compare. A 5-year-old can write a great story. Write and publish your own book or notepad online. Scribblitt™ is a launch pad for creativity where kids can write, illustrate and professionally publish their own books. Scribblitt.
Relive the terror of your yearbook. Yearbooks are essentially monsters collecting dust in your closet. Listen to the music. Other bands also transport me to other times in my life.
Write down the feelings you get from them. Contact your old high school friends. This is a simple one: Failing that, eavesdrop shamelessly on teenagers. Plant yourself at the places they hangout—the mall, coffee shops, school sporting events, etc.
Teenagers broadcast their lives these days to the nth degree. Take advantage of that. YouTube is full of videos of teens talking, giving advice, and just being plain. Tuning in is a great way to pick up the flow of their language. For getting the voice on the page: Find a picture and make it talk.
Once I have a clear image of my character, I have a good idea of how that character sounds. Image search high school photography studios. Now, what does he sound like? Copy and paste the picture onto your document and have this person introduce himself to you.
Write for plot first. More so with YA writing than with other genres, I suggest writing the complete story out first, then worrying about revising the voice later. This is so you can focus on one thing at a time, instead of plotting and getting the voice right at the same time.
Try to write it in a voice close to what you want, but focus on getting the story down first with no pressure of getting the voice right.This item: You Can Write for Children: How to Write Great Stories, Articles, and Books for Kids and Teenagers by Chris Eboch Paperback $ In Stock.
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My only quibble is that the author states, "For any age, fantasy is the hardest material to write, and even harder to sell."/5(13). Teenagers shouldn’t be expected to write the same things adults write. It’s apples to oranges—they can’t compare. A 5-year-old can write a great story.