I have had one of those not great weeks. For me this weekend could not have come soon enough; and perhaps you have not had a great week either. This is I think an excellent way to open this post, because nothing could apply more to an author:
Just in case anyone in the writing community needs it this morning... "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me b… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Matt Mason (@MGMasonCreative) December 06, 2019
Indeed, time for some good, age appropriate, reading. I write for over-18s, so what is marketed at teens is not my strong knowledge spot. Through the #writingcommunity, though, I happened to find myself yesterday on Twitter’s #youngadult hashtag and about that latter all I can say here is this: “These – and a mass like them – are for teens? Dear God…”
SHADOW AND BONE x BLOODLEAF When 17 y/o Sera’s family are murdered she vows bloody vengeance, but her quest has ju… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Sarena Flanigan (@SarenaFlanigan) December 05, 2019
…I was stunned by the apparent content…
Neil A. King 📚🖋 (@NeilAKingWriter) December 06, 2019
…I saw as I scrolled…
Katlyn Dugenske (@KatlynDugenske) December 05, 2019
…and I became more…
CRAZY RICH ASIANS x HUNGER GAMES In a world where money determines everything, is there any hope? The City is Glas… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Caroline McNamara (@cmcnamara1110) December 05, 2019
Clean-blooded control the 4 pure elements. Hybrids control...other. Rissa has always fought for hybrid equality,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Haleigh Dean ❤️📖🖋 (@HD_Reads) December 05, 2019
…depressed to the point…
18 y/o Mulysa is tormented by visions and nightmares that force her to see through the eyes of a violent serial kil… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Kim Harnes (@kimharnes) December 05, 2019
…that I began to feel…
Dana Gricken, Author (@DanaGricken) December 01, 2019
…I, an adult, needed therapy myself.
Those are just a small sample of the “young adult” dirge out there. We wonder why so many teens today are evidently so genuinely depressed – I’m not talking about some angst that we almost all have at “16”; I mean a real consuming fear – about their lives and about their future? I mean, just look at what is being shoved at them in fiction.
I could have deleted my new Twitter account on the spot. That’s how disturbed and dark and plain awful it all struck me. Are there any recently written “young adult” books that are not about… “dystopic” hell-holes?
Where is the next 1966 version of Star Trek? We appear so desperately to need one. It must be out there somewhere?
Diane E. Samson (@diane_samson) November 28, 2019
Even on Thanksgiving, evil is always coming.
So I buy books for my nieces and nephews every year for Christmas. I'd love to support some authors from the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Ashley Willoughby (@ashmarie3988) November 30, 2019
At last, a reasonable tweet about books for teens – but without the #youngadult hashtag. [Sigh.]
Bearing in mind they were written for adults – but back when adulthood arguably began in the mid-teens and not at today’s “18” – my suggestion is teens might be started with a few “classic” books and Christmas is a great excuse to buy wonderful hardcovers as presents. If teens go back to those they also see how the modern novel began to take form and will therefore be better able to contextualize those being written today and in particular will be better able to discern the good from the not as good.
…owes a large debt to Alexandre Dumas.
Essentially, modern romance has been greatly influenced by Austen; action and adventure almost always borrows something of Dumas; and sci-fi virtually began with Wells.
Don't dismiss daily writing if you don't think it will work for you. It might not work for everyone, but try it. I… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Heidi Hanson (@writ3rslif34m3) December 06, 2019
But, one good thing, at least that #NaNoNaNoNaNo is finally over. I have indeed noticed that my timeline has at last stopped being filled by tweets and retweets of “I’ve written 40,000 words in two weeks!” (Uh, huh. I’d love to read those words.) What a relief.
Many writers underestimate the importance of their first paragraph and page. Author Paul McVeigh talks to our stude… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Professional Writing Academy (@Profwriting) December 06, 2019
That is true, but I believe true up to only a point. Of course a good opening is essential; but every page, every paragraph, is also vital. You could write the best first line ever…
…uh, and speaking of Jane Austen… but if the rest of the book is rubbish, it won’t matter.
James Woodhouse - Author (@JamesWoodhouse5) December 06, 2019
The Iliad? Now that’s impressive. That is the epitome of a classic.
If they are naming characters out of Homer, maybe all is not lost after all? LOL!
Victoria (@grlnamedt) December 04, 2019
You understand now what it feels like to be a writer.
NJ Putter Writer (@NjpWriter) December 01, 2019
Is that found in “How You Must Write A Novel In 100 Easy Steps?” I wasn’t aware there was a template?
You open your novel any way you want to. You be you, damn it, and don’t apologize for it.
Even if you feel you must write something that begins with awakening into a “dystopic” hell-hole.
Ailish Sinclair (@AilishSinclair) December 06, 2019
Now, that is a way to start a day!
Have a good weekend, wherever you are. 🙂