Friday, 23 May 2014

I Read YA Week | Writing YA

Hi guys,
Today I thought I'd do something a bit different for I Read YA week, and I thought that I'd discuss why I chose to write YA.

I didn't always write YA. When I started writing stories I'd write what would probably class as middle grade, and then as I got beyond about fourteen or fifteen. I started exploring other things. I started writing historical fiction, which I wasn't very good at and didn't really enjoy it. 
Then I started reading a lot more YA. It started out with things like The Princess Diaries and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. I started reading more and more, and writing more as well. I just couldn't seem to finish anything.
Then I started reading Sarah Dessen, John Green and other fantastic YA authors, and I'd started taking part in NaNoWrimo, and all of a sudden I knew what I wanted to do. I loved writing YA.
I was suddenly finishing novels, and actually taking the time to do rewrites and editing as well. 
I quickly started reading more YA, exploring the different genres within YA, and falling in love with the genre. Now it's my most read genre, and it's what I love to write.

So, what have I written?

River has been in hospital for a long time, nobody can get through to her, nobody has taken the time to understand. Until Oliver, a young doctor who is dedicated to finding out what's really happening with this reserved girl.
Through a series of letters written by River to Oliver, she details the events leading up to her hospitalization, and slowly he starts to learn how she got to where she is now.

Everything changes for Arianna when she loses one of her best friends in an accident, suddenly everything that felt happy and safe, is no longer there, and she can't handle it.
It used to be Ben, Summer and Arianna, always together, and now it's just Ben and Arianna left, and she needs to escape.
After Summer's death she pushes Ben away, cutting of her connection with who she used to be, but she can't keep running forever, not when the past is always ready to catch her up, especially since it's more than just Summer's death that she's running from.

Phia's summer gets turned upside down when her sister Lucy arrives home from college and declares that she no longer wants to be a lawyer, and instead has decided to become an actress. While trying to figure out what's gotten into her sister, Phia is repeatedly thrown into the path of Lucy's best friend Daniel, who's also back in town after his first year at college.
As Lucy begins to draw away from her family and Daniel in the pursuit of her newly acquired acting dream, it leaves Phia and Daniel spending a lot of time together. As they begin to get to know each other, they discover that they have a lot in common, especially their love of music.

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