Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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.