You Might Be A YA Writer If... And... He Loves Me...He Loves You Not...Poll

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Hello Readers!

Hope everyone's week has kicked off to great start!

I had this super fun idea for a post last week, but I'll get to that in a sec.

First I wanted to take a poll from the readers who've read, He Loves Me...He Loves You Not...

So, I've been toying with the notion of rewriting. No... Not completely rewriting, but writing a second addition and adding Henry's POV to it. I've asked a few people who have read it and some say, "No don't!" While others say, "That might be interesting to read."

Truthfully, I love Henry. He's one of my favorite characters. Part of me thinks he deserves to tell his story. So in the end, I want to know what the readers think. What about Henry? Would you want to read his POV?

Now on to the fun part of today's post?

How many of you watch or listen to comedians?

Personally I love some of the ones that incorporate stuff like this into their acts.

You might be a (insert word here) if....

So I thought, how fun would that be if we did that for today's post? Let's face it. We all draw our inspirations from different places.


If you're adult, sometimes its difficult to find yourself in the teen mind-frame when writing a YA novel. We might think we know what the current trends are in the world of teenagers, but that's not always the case.

Now on to the fun part. Here's how I dip into the teenage mind, lol.

You might be a YA writer if...

1. You casually eavesdrop on a conversation between some bubbly teenage girls while skimming the sales rack at Forever 21. Then you ask yourself,"Did she just say fugly?" Hmm... Fugly? Is that even a word? Maybe I can use that somewhere.

2. You observe your teenage brother with his dudes while they play basketball to catch up on current teenage boy speak.(I have to say, that from doing this I've learned that teenage boys lingo is totally and completely different from teenage girls.)

3. Google becomes your best friend and you've been sitting in front of your computer for the last hour typing in searches like; fashion trends for teens. (Yes, I have done this, lol.)

So let's hear some of yours....

You might be a YA writer If.... Finish this in the comment section.

Hopefully you've had fun with this!

I know I did.



  1. He Loves Me, He Loves You Not is my favorite of your books! I loved Henry, but I wonder if his POV mixed in would explain too much to the reader too soon. I like the discovery of Henry's situation in the end. It explains and justifies so much. I wouldn't want to lose that. I think you got the story right the first time, but here's a thought... instead of mixing his POV into the existing story, why not let him tell the entire thing himself? Make it a different book. Stephanie Meyers did it with Twilight and Edward's POV. Let Henry have his own book. JMO.

  1. You refer to hanging out at the mall as research.

    You weren't even the least bit embarrased about watching Hunger midnight...the day it came out.

    You have a 'Team Jacob' or 'Team Edward' t-shirt.

    You find yourself speaking a language none of your (adult) friends understand. "OMG, Bff! WTF?"

    Your opening line when meeting any teenager is "So what are you reading?"

  1. You might be a YA writer if ... part of your baby sitter's duties include debriefing you on the latest teen trends and lingo.

    And I agree with Kelly, if you want to write more Henry, do it! Just make it its own book.

  1. You might be a YA writer if ... you make a beeline for the YA section of any bookstore you enter and spend 99% of your time there.

  1. I can't compete with Sarah, those are great! How about...

    Age-appropriate books often make you groan, "Booooring."

  1. You use your teenage nieces as a focus group.

    "Kids' books aren't literature" are fighting words.

    You use Polyvore to make outfits for your teen characters.

  1. Sarah stole mine (the Hunger Games one!)

    Love this post...and all the comments!

  1. Nicole Mc said...:

    I'm a photographer and do a lot of senior sessions. I always find a way to coax brilliant material out of them. Their dying to spill their guts usually...I just make it easy!! :) Truthfully, I just love conversing with young people. I remember being a teen like it was yesterday and not eons ago!! :)

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