Friday, January 08, 2010

Friday Fun Facts: Tackling YA?

"Adolescence: A stage between infancy and adultery." ~Ambrose Bierce

I picked up a couple of YA novels yesterday (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things The Truth About Forever, Paper Towns), and I have a bunch more on my list. Why? Well, I teach high school students, and I like to keep up with what they're reading. But I also (gulp) am toying with the idea of writing a YA novel. I know, I'm probably out of my mind to tackle a brand new genre. But here's the thing: I listen and talk to teens every day, 180 days of the year. I hear their voices in my head even when I'm not at school. I know the things that stir them up, I know what they do behind their parents' backs, I know what they're scared of and what they strive for.

All this, of course, doesn't necessarily qualify me to write a YA novel. However, it's a hot and growing market, and there's a local writers' conference here in April that has a YA focus this year, and I have the germ of an yes, I might just dip my toes into the water. Plus, a full-length novel only has to be 50K words minimum not the blasted 90K of an adult novel!

What do you think?


Liz said...

I think is a great idea!

wendy marcus said...

Hi Ali!
We met at the Hudson Valley RWA new members luncheon back in September. I think you'll write a great YA book. You work in the perfect place for research. Good luck! Wendy Marcus