A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres. I apologize: This is a genre I have written about in the past though I hope much of this material is new. I just couldn’t come up with another Y genre!
novels, stories, poetry, and various non-fiction written for adolescents, the group somewhere between ‘children’ and ‘adults’
- ‘Coming of age’ stories are popular in YA, showing how a young adult deals with problems typical to that age group and ends up stronger and better for that struggle.
- Rachel Cohn estimates that 60 to 65 percent of YA fiction is written in the first person and present tense. Certainly not required.
- Pace is quicker than other genres.
- Includes lots of dialogue.
- Teens in the story often sound like adults but act like kids. The idea is that teens are intelligent and capable, just not as experienced.
- Includes what David Levithan calls an ’emotional truth’–the ah hah moment that makes the book resonate with young readers.
- Don’t be afraid to use pop culture, but be aware it could date it.
- There’s almost always an underlying optimism in YA–that things will work out, the world with survive, life will be better.
- This quote is attributed to Robert Heinlein, but he may not have said it: Write the best story you can and then take out all the sex.
- Nora Raleigh Baskin at Gotham Writers says, “In writing for young adults, do not write as an adult looking back.ourself in the teenage mind and often not caring much at all about the grown-up world.”
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- The Outsiders by SE Hinton
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May, 2017. Click to follow its progress.