Daily Archives: May 27, 2005

YA fiction

I’m in the middle of a YA book right now, but I stopped writing it when I scared myself.
It’s not cool to jump at every little sound in the house just because you’ve created a ghost in your WIP.
This new work has me thinking more and more about what attracts teens to books. Their likes and dislikes an dreams and desires have changed over the last few years.
DD is definitely more world aware than I ever was. She’s not interested in romance per se, but she is interested in her future. She and my students sit round discussing politics, peace, student rights and music in thirty minute time spans. They’re very aware of everything. I was a news junkie as a teen, but I never thought about my political affiliations or my thoughts on war and peace or nuclear weapons and global warming. I didn’t much care about life outside of my own space.
It’s strange to think about.
Tomorrow is graduation and I’ll say goodbye to another group of kids. It’s sad and exciting at the same time. So many of my kids have so much to offer to the world. I can’t wait to see what they do!
After graduation I have to decide which WIP to work on. I think I’m going to start with the emotionally draining one and use the YA book to give myself a break.
I better decide soon. Tomorrow’s just a couple hours away.