Transitions is our topic of the month. I’ve been through so many, just like everyone else. I think the toughest was having kids. But a close second is transitioning from childhood to adulthood. I’m still not sure i made it all the way yet. ;D
Writing for YA means writing for that stage where you crave independence, but still need support. It’s when you have the mental capacity of an adult, complete with a wide knowledge base and analytical thinking, but you also have intense emotional swings and probably not a lot of life experience to draw on. It’s when you want to be acknowledged for the mature, intelligent, person you are, but you still need love and reassurance. You feel invincible and optimistic about changing the world.
Being a teen is a pretty wonderful and confusing time. Sometimes it even sucks. But that’s why I love writing from that frame of mind. Because everything and anything is still possible. And in books, teens can explore and learn and experience all the things that they want to in a safe way. Or better yet, find comfort from understanding that they are not alone. That they aren’t the only ones who think a certain way, or deal with certain issues.