You can’t assume that teenagers are interested in what you have to say—it’s your job to pull them in by intriguing and delighting them.
At the heart of all young adult literature is this equation: belonging + power = identity.
No wonder readers often skip description—they were with the character, and suddenly the author steps in with dry facts.
Writing is hard. Entering is hard, but being rejected for any prize should make you more determined to write with passion.
Write your stories very slowly, word by word, trying to please everyone but yourself.
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