Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ideas From the Audience

I'm yet to let the jack-out-of-the-box publicly, but I interviewed two teens about my newest literary endeavor, and discovered, I may be on to something good. 

I sat in a crowded airport three weeks ago, waiting for my flight to Chicago. A tiny Acer Notebook atop a wobbly table, my fingers moved across the keyboard with ease. How is it that I can find inspiration in such a confusing atmosphere? Beats me. Somehow, in the midst of chaos, I found the tools to create.

I wrote feverishly for eight days, and when I returned home, I sat down with two teens and reviewed my work. They loved the idea. The only thing missing was romance, which they said I MUST add, and so I will.

The other crucial piece of advice they offered, one that I would have never ventured to try, was giving the novel two voices. Two main characters. Huh? I've always found it to be somewhat bothersome as a reader for the author to switch back and forth between voices. (I don't care what Jacob thinks about Edward.) However, these two teens, both entirely different in music, fashion and interests, both gave me the same advice. They demanded to know how the female character in the wip was feeling. They wanted to know what she thought.

Interestingly enough, I'm having a blast writing the story from both perspectives! Why didn't I think of this? A piece of advice to YA writers out there, listen to your audience. Ask them what they want to read about. What do they like? What do they dislike? What makes a good character, great? I guarantee, you'll discover they want reality, even if the idea is a far-fetched fantasy, they want it as real as possible. They demand each character to be real and believable, despite the setting you create for them.

Thanks, girls for your awesome advice and assistance.