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Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

Why YA?

Because that’s what comes out.

When I began writing I didn’t say, “Hm…I think I should write a young adult novel.” No, I didn’t say anything at all. I just wrote and YA is what came out. Does it matter that I read YA, that I enjoy that genre? Sure it does. But I enjoy a lot of things–it doesn’t mean I write about all of them.

I mentioned a similar idea in my ‘Why Fantasy’ post a few weeks ago. The same stigma occurs in YA, as does in Fantasy. The idea that those who write in these genres do so because they are attempting to ride the giants coat tails. The giants being the big hitters in the YA fantasy/paranormal genre. You know who they are.

But the truth is, when we write, we can’t always control what comes out onto the page. If I were forced to write horror–I could write it. It would likely suck, but I could still write it. I don’t like horror. At All. However, I know of writers who love horror or romance or chick lit–but they don’t write it. Why? Because it’s not their voice. It isn’t what comes out when they sit down at the lap top.

So why YA? Is it your voice? Were you surprised by it? Do you write in multiple genres?

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4 responses

  1. blueghoul

    You’ve just captured the answer to the one thing I’ve been wondering about for a such a long time now. “Because that’s what comes out.” And it’s true! I felt the same way about writing for a long while. But that…that’s so right. Because it’s not my voice. It’s just…it’s just what it is. Nothing less, nothing more.

    YA…for me, that’s just what’s so natural, what pops out on the page, in all the words I have in my head. that’s just what it is. I wasn’t surprised by it at all. As to multiple genres…I’m in the fantasy YA boat. In particular, contemporary fantasy. It’s just…what I write. What feels normal to me. And that…that’s just that.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    • Exactly. Couldn’t have said it better;)

      July 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

  2. Sorry but this will be one of my typical rambling replies.

    When I started my uni course for creative we had to write a script, short story and poetry. Any genres, pick what you like. I was convinced I was going to be a chick lit writer – how swiftly that was stamped out. I swiftly learnt that my writing naturally hit the crime drama angle. I was happy enough with that. let’s call it a pleasant surprise.

    For childrens they hoped we would do some poetry (so not my forte), a picture book, and a 2,000 word story. This course had me in despair. I just could not write for children.it all seemed so easy but the rules were just the worse thing ever. It just wasn’t happening for me. Anyway, just to complete the portfolio i forced it. It was uncomfortable on all levels. But then, one day I had a flash of a scene about this boy on his bike. I wrote an opening in chapter in 30 mins and sent it to my tutor, convinced she would hate it. She loved it – wouldnt change it. This was my first piece of YA, I am still working on it as I am sure i have mentioned before. It is really enjoyable to write and as the first part came so naturally, that is how i will continue to allow the story to tell itself.Just as and when it wants to be told.

    i think we are all so easy to put our writing in neat little packages, but flirting with other genres should be part of the writers yearly tasks. you never know what is lurking just under the surface.

    July 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    • Ramblings are always welcome;) My voice seems to have defined itself fairly early on but as I’ve mentioned in the past–all my YA writing isn’t fantasy or paranormal, some is contemporary/realism.

      It is interesting to me how this voice comes out on it’s own. Similar to how it interests me when my fingers are going along rapidly without much thought. It’s nice to look back and wonder, “Did I really write that?”

      July 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

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