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Should Sex Be Allowed In YA Books?

Author friends and I have discussed this topic intensively in a writing forum. One issue that we’ve come across are YA authors adding sex into their novels. I personally don’t mind sex in any novel, but I hate that the authors still consider their work YA. The reason they do this is because YA is a very popular genre. Instead of placing their novel under the proper tag–which young adults still read, such as romance, action, and adventure–they place their filth in YA. This genre includes ages 13-19. 13 year…

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Sharecropping Writing 

Let’s Talk Black: Authors And Typecasting

I don’t read novels much. I prefer to learn what’s going on in society more than sitting down with a book. The articles and novels I read are both forms of fiction, but in different ways. Fiction novels, like fantasies, create entire worlds with powers and gifts, but they’re still based in reality. Characters think like humans, have real emotional problems, or there’s societal issues that need to be addressed. In journalism, the problems are real, but newscasters are infamous for manipulating the truth to sound more interesting. Fox Network…

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Why Are All Love Stories The Same?

I tried writing about how love is unique to each person and how authors should capture that, but I can’t. It’s not true. Sure, the way you experience something is unique, only you can feel certain emotions. But other than that, there’s really no difference in the ways we fall in love. Love first involves vulnerability: You ever make that phone call to your special someone? You either want to confess to them right now or ask them on a date tomorrow to express your feelings. The reason you’re so…

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The Cool

I’m a nerd by choice. I love science and technology. I read random articles on the state of the economy and MJ telling Kobe that he’s still the man, but Kobe’s not far off. Manga and I are best buds. Plus, I talk about Hip-Hop with friends as though it were a collegiate discussion. Nerd. Though I’m known to sound like a dork occasionally, I still know how to sound “natural.” Let me take it a step further to offend some people, I can sound normal. Why’d I have to…

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teen-writing Writing 

Why Not Write YA?

For those that don’t know, YA stands for Young Adult. It’s a category for novels. It took me some time to figure out how to differentiate between YA and adult. Here’s a simple break down: YA = Character ages 17 or below & no sex Adult = Character ages 18 and above & sex There are plenty of factors that split the difference, but those two narrow the playing fields for me. My novel, Barcode: The Legend of Apollo, is not YA. Why not? Nudity and intimacy. Why don’t I…

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Writing A Novel? You Need A Team! – Recovered

Finding teammates to help you finish a novel isn’t difficult. Here’s a list of a few things I did that really brought my story up to the next level and help me publicize my novel: Planned the entire story out in my mind. Talked on Skype with a beautiful friend 300 miles away that drilled me on the theories in my novel. She asked who? What? When? Where? Why? When I was done answering, all the holes in my story were filled. Searched for beta-readers: Though my reader fell off the…

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