Sex in Young Adult fiction… how far is too far for our teens?
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It’s been a little quiet on the DF front lately. What have I been doing? Well, lots of things.
First, I’m excited to have an article published in the latest edition of ‘Newswrite’ – a writing magazine published by the NSW Writers’ Centre.
This one’s all about sex… in Young Adult fiction. In it, I speak to YA publishers Laura Harris (Penguin) and Sue Whiting (Walker Books), as well as parents, booksellers and teen readers themselves about ‘how far is too far’ when you’re writing for teenagers.
They’ve got some very interesting things to say, so be sure to check it out! There are also some great articles in there about the lawyer/novelist crossover (which resonated with me, given my first career was as a corporate lawyer), the concept of ‘negotiated memoir’, and how to market your first novel.
In other news, I’m now 5 weeks into my Masters of Creative Writing, and absolutely loving it. I’m soaking up the wisdom of prize-winning author Sue Woolfe in my Fiction Workshop class, and getting up close and personal with a few new genres as part of a great literary theory subject which examines major movements in contemporary prose.
It’s been a busy but rewarding few weeks. One of the most interesting things I’ve learned so far is that my plotting dilemmas with my own book, which I’ve written about in passing before, may best be solved by simply forgetting all about them for the time being.
Sound counter-intuitive? I thought so, at first. But you know that feeling you get when you’re writing something and you’re on a roll, and you’re almost not even aware that you’re writing anymore, and when you put down your pen (or keyboard) you sort of feel a little glazed, maybe a little exhausted, but also as though you’ve got wings?
Well, it turns out that feeling has a name.