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March 2 question: Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?
I write Young Adult books, and I'd been conflicted about writing romantic scenes. Scenes that would take my characters past the kissing stage. As an adult, I'd be silly not to believe that teenagers are experimenting on every level. Some more than others...
Books like John Green's, Looking For Alaska, and a few of Sarah J. Mass' books, to name only two fabulous authors, have gone well beyond kissing.
When I read Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, I was impressed how she penned an intimate scene. It was almost poetic, softening and veiling the act.
A couple of my books have gone beyond kissing. However, like Marie Lu and a few other YA books, I leave the specific details to the readers imagination.
As a writer what have you been conflicted with?
I'm writing my first YA novel and wrote my first kissing scene. It was hard. I like reading how other authors do it. I loved Marie Lu's Legend series and agree she did the romance scenes just right.ReplyDelete
Those scenes are difficult.Delete
Kids have a vivid enough imagination as it is - wise choice.ReplyDelete
That's a tough area, but I agree with Alex that their imagination will easily fill the spots...and that leaves you more pages for the main plot and sub-plots.ReplyDelete
Scenes where my MC has to bare their soul are usually hard for me to write, making them vulnerable almost has to make me vulnerable.ReplyDelete
i always leave those scenes to the reader's imagination.ReplyDelete
Romantic scenes always put me in conflict.ReplyDelete
I work on the less is better concept when it comes to sexy scenes. Let the readers' imaginations do the exquisite work.ReplyDelete
I'm also a little subtle rather than laying it all out there.ReplyDelete
It sounds like writing sex scenes in a YA novel would be really difficult, especially now with so much heightened scrutiny around what kids are reading. It would also be a great opportunity, though, to give kids examples of healthy, fully consensual activity when so many of them learn about sex from their friends or, worse, porn.ReplyDelete
I don't much like sex scenes in general. They bore me when I read them, so I never write them. Some of my characters do go beyond kissing, but I never describe the details of it. Of course, I don't write for kids. I write speculative fiction, and my readers are supposed to be at least teenagers, probably older.ReplyDelete
Where to begin the story. Too soon or too late.ReplyDelete
I try to write as though no one will ever see what I wrote, that way my character can be vulnerable in front of the reader. The more we show what people don't talk about the more people want to read about it:)ReplyDelete
I tried a YA and couldn't do it. Too much pressure. The mom side of me wanted to stop every character before they did anything wrong.ReplyDelete
YA sounds challenging, especially in this era.ReplyDelete
However, I always maintain that less is more; and young adults of today have seen and heard so much more than we did when we were their age, anyway.
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