I’m attempting to break into a new genre. Well, it isn’t new to me, but it is to my pen name. I’ve written a series of Young Adult (YA) books that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with.
My daughter, who will be 14 this summer, and 1 of her closest friends have spent endless hours plotting out the series with me. It’s different plotting with 14-year-olds. They see things in an entirely different light. I wanted the hero of the book to be this perfect gentlemen who truly loves the heroine. They said, “No way!! He needs to be mean sometimes, because real guys are.” I wanted the villain (well the heroine’s nemesis) to have redeeming qualities. They said, “Girls like her don’t.”
Every time we go to lunch together, we end up talking about the books. Should they battle this bad guy or should this good guy get hurt, and yada yada yada. We have so much fun together that I forget we are actually “working.”
Recently I found out that both girls are writing their own books and I couldn’t be more thrilled. They both agree it has everything to do with us plotting out stories together. They got so excited working on my stories that they wanted to do their own. My daughter’s friend even said she now knows what she wants to be when she grows up–AN EDITOR!!!
So ladies, if ever you wonder if you kids hear you when you talk with them. The answer from me is a resounding Y-E-S!!! I love that I’ve been able to, in an indirect way, help the girls by activating their own muses and even helping one with direction in her career life.
I encourage you to work out plot holes with your kids (if the genre is appropriate). It’s the best decision I’ve made about my writing and it’s brought me closer with the girls.
~Allie K. Adams