I’ve read a fair few YA Contemporaries. A lot of Australian ones, too, which makes me feel really patriotic.
I’ve been reading Life in Outer Space (Melissa Keil), Letters to Leonardo (Dee White), Preloved and Fury (Shirley Marr), Girl Saves Boy and All This Could End (Steph Bowe), Me Just Different and Out with the In Crowd (Stephanie Morrill), Siggy and Amber (Dough McLeod), Six Impossible Things (Fiona Wood), and even some older ones, like Pictures of Hollis Woods (Patricia Reilly Giff).
At the moment, I’m in a writing slump. And… reading all these contemporaries didn’t help that much. They made me reach for the tissue box to cry for both humanity and super-sweet endings. Seriously.
Some people say ‘write from experience.’ I say ‘start with experience.’ And since I have no projects on the go, I decided to write a nice, experience-y contemporary. I tried this before and practically rewrote my life. Aaaah… It didn’t get a third chapter. In the book I plan to start, I’m definitely not basing it off me. I’m just writing a book based on a world I know a lot about (aka, I exist on Earth in 2013. Frying pans. Who knew, right?) So it’s going to be fun, and different, too.
So. Check-list before I start. Cool character with a fun-to-write voice? Check (in my own biased-writer opinion…) Group of friends who aren’t too cliche? Check. Epic, unforgettable plot? Ch–no. See, I am the world’s worst plotter. Sometimes I’ll see a plot, and I’ve just… I’ve just got to
kill write it. Ah, not usually.
Now it comes back to you, my wonderful babblement of frobscottles! When you read a YA Contemporary Fiction, what are some things you like to see?