How to write young adult stories in 3 simple steps

  1. Make sure the teenagers are human. Don’t base them off of stereotypes. They have needs, wants, desires, and flaws like everyone else in the world.
  2. Don’t write more than you need to. That goes for all types of writing. Don’t over-tell to the point where it’s overwhelming, but don’t under-tell to the point where it’s confusing. Try to find that perfect medium.
  3. Trust the reader. Trust them to know what you’re talking about. If you're telling too much, you don’t trust them enough to let them figure out what’s going on. And if you’re not saying enough, you trust the reader too much, when in reality, they’re probably very confused.
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~ Stacy N.


  1. Such good tips! Basing characters off of stereotypes is just wrong on so many levels. It shouldn't be done-- also, if they are done stereotypical to fit #diversity, that's just wrong. #Diversity people shouldn't be constructed into a box-- they can breathe and talk normally like everyone else, they're their own unique person.

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  2. Exactly! If you're going to write characters that you don't have experience writing about, other than avoiding the stereotypes also have people from that particular group look over it so they could tell you if anything is amiss.