I’ve spent several years working with teens and I find them to be an amazing group of people. Young enough to not be completely jaded yet old enough to know the world isn’t all ice cream and cake.
Your teen years will represent more firsts than possibly any other time. First car, first pimple, first crush. Learning how to act like an adult while still being a kid, learning what you like, dislike, aren’t sure you like, and loathe. Discovering your gifts, your talents, and hiding those weird things you can do but don’t talk about anymore … like being able to put your foot behind your head or touch your nose with your tongue. (You tried it, didn’t you?)
Junior High is an ocean of choices and troubles.
High School is the same kind of animal, but you’ve grown in your commitment to who you are and it’s slightly easier to navigate because the boat you’re in isn’t as awkward as it was a few years ago.
Wisdom is becoming your friend and you’re learning what it is to have integrity. What a great time to be alive. What a great time to write about.
Fiction can help you learn about who you are. Yesterday, A Walk to Remember (based on a novel) was on TV. I watched as Landon transformed from a self-centered party boy to the young man who would put his future on hold to spend what precious time was left with the love of his life.
He learned, he grew, he changed. And his decisions, both good and bad were awesome examples to draw from.
So why do I write for teens? To put it simply, I love its possibilites.
Live life, love others, and read often!