What are the challenges in writing for young adults?
I think any time you write a story for a specific audience that you are not part of, it can be a challenge. What we knew was in or popular when we ourselves were younger often isn’t the case for the next generations. Therefore, quite easily, you can find your work dated or perhaps uninteresting to a readership.
I think the best way to combat that is to be observant of your surroundings. If you have children of your own, that can be as simple as paying attention throughout your day. If you don’t, then you may have to resort to people-watching a bit more than usual, studying certain ages and trying to define them in your fiction. And I don’t mean doing that in a creepy way. But if you can gain some insight into their behavior, their wants and needs, simply by being a little nosey, that can go a long way toward improving your fiction.
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