December 16, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Why YA?

If you'll recall, we've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

Happy Monday Pep Rally, Misfitteers!

As we stalk ever closer to the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, I've been doing a lot of thinking, about writing in general, and about YA specifically. When we started the YA Misfits, it was primarily because of one thing - each of us, despite different backgrounds and genres (and sometimes different countries), had one big thing in common. We love YA.

I've been writing and reading a lot of NA this year, as I started my self-pub journey. But in the last month, as my personal life ran screaming for the hills, I've gone back to my roots. I came back to YA, both for comfort and for inspiration. And it really got me wondering. Why YA?

There is a beautiful simplicity to it, I think. It's an ambiguous time for our characters, as they stare into the unknown of impending change, and I think it calls to us. For some of us, those formative high school years hold an innocence we wish we could recapture. For others, they are years that we wish we could rewrite, or live differently. 

So why do you write or read YA? Tell us here, or on Twitter using the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!


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