Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Parental point of view versus teenager point of view

One of the tricky things about writing young adult books is to not infuse it with parental point of view - preaching - or obvious moral lessons.

Young adult books are supposed to be from the teenager's perspective, their journey.

So... it's an interesting process for me. On one hand I'm in the parental role raising three teenagers of my own. On the other hand, I'm writing a young adult book that is NOT supposed to be from my perspective. It's hard when I want to slap the m.c. upside the head. I have to keep telling myself, I am not writing from the parental perspective. It's even harder considering my work in progress is inspired by actual events.

Here's the quote for the day that describes the chapter I finished:
“One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the consequences.” – O.A. Battista

1 comment:

  1. I think my success lies in the fact that I am still stuck in High School at least mentally. But i get what you're saying in not trying to impose your adult views on your teen characters