Entering the World of YA
Last week was a momentous occasion for me. I completed my first YA work… ever. Typically, I write for adults, young adult fiction is not my thing. But, there was just this one story that wouldn’t go away.
It kept chanting “Write me. Write me. Write me.”
“But, I write for adults!” I told the story repeatedly. “I am right in the middle of Book 2 in the Strega Series!”
The story didn’t care. It poked me in the head over and over and over until I could no longer ignore it.
So, I decided to just embrace it. To go for it, though I felt quite a bit out of my comfort zone. I finally relented figuring that this idea was floating around for a reason. Not happy with the timing of this distraction, I braced myself for the unexpected.
Well, here’s the surprise… it was really a lot of fun… and exciting! The story flew out of my fingers and in the ten days I spent writing it, I was able to produce a first draft.
That’s never happened to me before. Ever. Sure, it’s more of a novella than a novel, but it’s a solid start.
Now, I’m at this weird point where I have to figure out what to do with it. Do I polish it up? Do I let it get dusty?
Whatever happens, the one thing I will take away from this experience is that when a story calls, don’t ignore it. Even if it’s out of your genre, it’s best to just go with the flow and let the words tell the story.