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.
~Candy

9 comments:

  1. Thanks, Samantha! We had another discussion last night. They tell me if I have any sort of romance going on, boys won't have anything to do with reading it.

    My original idea was to write a book that boys will read, as well as girls. So, now I have to rethink my idea.

    I wonder what boys would think about reading a boy and a girl's point of view in a fun story if the girl was slightly tomboyish?

    My daughter says that if I'm going to bring romance into the picture, it must be realistic. She said as far as telling things from a boy's perspective, it better be believable.

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  2. Yes! Write from both perspectives, if only in your writing exercises to explore the total 3 dimensional package. Thanks for the comment on my bloggers' ball thing--Alas, the official "ball" is over tonight but there will be more. If you want to check it out, go back to my blog and click into the bookshelf logo. It takes you there.

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  3. What a good way to connect your writing to your audience, getting that feedback during the writing process ... Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thanks, Catherine, I'll stop back by your blog and look into it!

    Joanne, you're welcome! It's been a huge help talking to the girls. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    ~Candy

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  5. I just love you and am so proud you are part of me!!!! I miss you terribly and long for you to be back with me, I loved having that choice to hang out with you!

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  6. Thanks, Sher! I, too enjoyed our visit! Thank you for stopping by C.Fite Write and commenting. Your move to FL should be well on its way...hope things are going well for ya. LYLAS. :))

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  7. I'm excited for you! Keep us informed! My book isn't going so well. Just can't seem to want to write at the moment. The day will come. Speaking of books, I'm doing a giveaway of a book called The Elephant in the Room today. I'd love for you to stop by my blog and check it out!

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  8. Thanks! I think I missed your book giveaway! Send me a link to your blog. I know I've been by it before, and now my memory fails me! ~Candy

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