The nuts and bolts about writing for YA

I particularly love writing for YA, because they are the future. Young Adults can be some of the most hilarious and fun people to hang around. They keeps things real. Therefore, books written for this population need to be relevant to their lives. When writing for the young adult population, it’s best to keep the conversations and dialogue interesting and realistic for this age group. With technology and video games constantly competing for their attention, a book really needs to be an exciting ride. If the book doesn’t take off with action from the get-go, they’ll be tossing it out the window in no time. I like to include nuances, witty cliché’s, and balance the humor with the serious. Developing strong characters and character relationships are important, as well as having a smooth, flowing plot. I have found that teens hate it when loose ends are not tied up in the end. We underestimate the intelligence of YA a lot of times; they are plenty smart and can spot a phony a mile away. I also like to include a character that is somewhat rough around the edges, but who learns a valuable lesson in the end and concluding with their maturing and changing for the better. Of course, hidden positive messages and subliminal moral values never hurts!