sup-doe asked: What are some themes or topics for teenagers to write about?
Here is Wikipedia. Pick anything. Teenagers can write about that topic.
Write from your gut. Write about what you feel and the way you feel it. Write. Just write. That is the answer. That is the only advice worth taking.
Godspeed, and thank you for your question!
by David Farland
When I used to write for competitions, I would make lists of ways that judges might look at my work in order to grade it. For example, some judges might look for an ending that brought them to tears, while another might be more interested in an intellectual feast. A couple of you asked what my list might look like.
So here is a list of things that I might consider in creating a piece.
First, a word of warning. When I was very young, perhaps four, I remember seeing a little robot in a store, with flashing lights and wheels that made it move. To me it seemed magical, nearly alive. My parents bought it for me for at Christmas, and a few weeks later it malfunctioned, so I took a hammer to it and pulled out the pieces to see what made it work—a battery, a tiny motor, some small colored lights, cheap paint and stickers.
Your story should be more than the sum of its parts. It should feel magical, alive.
But when we go through a checklist like this, we’re looking at the parts and not the whole. When you’re composing your story and editing it, you must be constantly aware of the whole story, keeping it in mind, even as you examine it in detail, making sure that one part doesn’t overbalance another.
I’m not talking about sex. Sorry. But please… if you’re a writer… don’t leave yet.
Recently, I rejected a manuscript through my job at Corvisiero Literary Agency that I had seen a lot of potential in as a partial. I was so excited to read the full that I actually read it out of order (GASP! I know! Don’t tell), but then when I started reading… there was something missing.
- The MS was YA and had a great voice with lots of wit. So, not that.
- The characters were interesting, certainly likeable. Not that either.
- The fantasy world building was very inventive and creative. Hmmm… nope.
So what was this MS missing?
It was missing DESIRE.
There are over fifty pages on WriteWorld and many more if you include sticking to the main blog and hitting “next”. This number (50+) will soon be 100+.
And then what?
So, with that rather daunting knowledge, we put it to you, our lovely followers. How can we make WriteWorld more user-friendly for you? How can we make things easier to find?