Why I Love Writing for Young Adults
I feel like this post should actually be called Why I Love Writing About Young Adults. For two reasons. First, because I know there are tons of people reading Young Adult literature who aren't young adults anymore--take me, for example! Second, because the main reason I write YA is because these are the characters that speak to me, more so than the readers.
This is going to sound kind of weird, but I really like teenagers. I think they're interesting--smart, creative, fierce, and tougher than people give them credit for. Imagine your average adult juggling a full classload, often working part-time, making huge life-changing decisions like where to go to college, and trying to maintain an active social life, all while conforming to someone else's rules. It's intense!
I love that period in your life when you've got one foot close to childhood and the other foot edging closer and closer to adulthood. There are times when you can be as immature as a kid, whether that's eating an entire bag of Reese's minis or climbing trees, and times you have to make seriously mature choices. Do teenagers get it right all the time? Obviously not, but I think they're often doing better than we think. Recently, I was thinking about how teens handle break-ups. Sure, you might say or do some dumb things during a break-up, but how many adults could handle seeing their ex- every day, like teenagers often have to do at school?
Another reason I love writing YA is that I love a good first. First kiss, first love, first job, first big decisions.
There's an intensity to those things that's so honest. Plus, teenagers tend to be more emotional, so it's always fun to see how they're going to react to things.
Last, I love the whole YA category. I'm not the first person to say it by any means, but I really do believe some of the best experimentation in literature is happening in YA. Plus, the readers are less set in their ways. Your typical YA reader will go for sci-fi, contemporary, fantasy, historical, or something totally experimental, and they won't even think twice about it. It's exciting to know the readers are willing to try things when you come up with an idea that might be a little unconventional.
I feel like I could go on about this until it got really boring for everyone! I just love everything about YA! I've always read it, and it's a genre of always gravitated to as a writer as well. I can't see myself getting sick of it any time soon!
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About the author: Liz Czukas is a freelance writer (on sometimes sad or boring topics), and also writes books for young adults (which are rarely sad and full of kissing). Before that, she was a nurse and she still kind of misses starting IVs. She lives outside Milwaukee, WI with her husband, son and the world’s loudest cat. She types too loud (according to her husband), spends too much time on the Internet, and can’t get enough of disaster movies. There is *always* a song stuck in her head, and she once won a hula-hoop contest.