HOW TO WRITE A YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
I love YA books. But a lot of them are predictable because they're so formulaic. If the writing is good and it's generally interesting then that's great. But usually the writing is weak or bland and I have to give up.
- •The ProtagonistA girl 16-17 years old. Must be incredibly self-sacrificing and probably is not afraid to speak her mind.
- •The PowerShe usually has some sort of "gift," be it otherworldly, beauty, or a special skill.
- •The Family MemberThe Girl is really close to her family, one member in particular. He/she will most likely die.
- •The Old WorldA lot is wrong in the Girl's current world. People are oppressed, poor, and are just waiting for a teenager to free them.
- •The New WorldThis world is opulent and shiny, but also unsympathetic to the problems that exist outside of it. The Girl's power is her ticket in.
- •The Old BoyShe has an incredibly hunky boyfriend or male friend in her old life that she kinda sorta loves.
- •The New BoyObvs she'll end up with the new guy in the new world. A lot of times he's a prince or an angel.
- •The MentorIn order to transition into the new world the Girl needs to be trained or taught by a cranky old master who turns out to be more than what he/she seems.
- •The Personal EnemiesThere will be a privileged adult who is hell bent on destroying the Girl because she threatens the current way of life. You can also count on another girl age 16-17 of the high-and-mighty variety who hates our heroine. But the Girl will come to find she can overpower her.
- •The FightThe most boring part for me: there is always a big fight, either between the Girl and the Big Bad or between the rebels and the oppressors.
- •The EndSurprise! The oppressive regime crumbles, the Girl gets together with Prince Angel, and they name their first born kid after her dead family member.