Maine author Maurissa Guibord will see her first YA novel, WARPED, published by Delacorte Press, Spring 2011, in which a young girl releases a Unicorn from its bondage within an antique tapestry by pulling on a silver thread.
That is, if it’s a Unicorn at all.
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Writing Teen - To Tech or Not to Tech?
By Maurissa Guiford.
The great thing about writing a teen character is that inside, I’m still a teen.
All the pains and thrills and drama are in there. The laughs and the friendships are all there. And the emotional stuff, the character stuff that’s universal to all of us, that’s there too.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is that the world changes.
One of the biggest challenges for me as a writer is keeping current with technology.
Will my character text, skype, tweet, ichat, blog, vlog or otherwise trip the ether fantastic? Probably not convincingly. Not only am I not as familiar with such things as, say, your average 9-year-old, I don’t like their obsolete-by-the-time-ink-dries little gadgets cluttering up my story.
Since these things change so quickly, how can they not date your story hopelessly?
My solution thus far has been pretty simple. In WARPED, my main character has too many other-worldly, scary and romantic things happening to have time to text about it. And her boyfriend’s from the sixteenth century. He’s just getting used to zippers. Nuff said?
For my current novel-in-progress, I have found another solution. My main character is on an island and has lost her cell phone in the Atlantic by Chapter 3.
So my advice, for whatever age writer you may be, is to write what you know. Write about the journey that we all share to find ourselves, our dreams and desires.
As for the rest? Make it up. Or drop it in the sea.