Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Teen Voice

Writing the teen voice isn't easy. We often stereotype it as whiny, dramatic, and sarcastic, but I'm not really a fan of that stereotype, or of its sometimes-portrayal in YA lit. I'm around teens every day, and one of my favorite things about them is their ability to inspire me. Sure, they're often whiny, dramatic, and sarcastic, but they also have this amazing capacity to wonder and to believe that they have the ability to make the world a better place. For those of you who want a reminder of the wonder and inspiration teens are capable of giving us I recommend listening to them at their best. Here's a link to TEDxTeen. There are several teen speakers here who fill me with humility, awe, and wonder in the midst of their their awkward pimple-cream-wearing era in life. Enjoy.


  1. Thanks for sharing. I agree with you. Some of the things I love best about kids and teens is their wonder of the world and their ability and believe that they can and will change the world. Here's to future generations! :)

  2. Following pinterest can help too.

  3. Just watched Jacob Barnett on Ted and was blown away. His lesson stop learning, start thinking, and then start creating really spoke to me. It reminded of a writer's voice. His point was that once we stopped learning, then this freed us to think about our own passion, follow our own dreams, and that this then lead us to create our own masterpieces. There really is so much information out there, but in the end following our own hearts is what will lead us to genius. Follow your dreams and happy writing!