Monday, October 19, 2009

As if I Don't Have Enough Angst

I am re-entering the world of teen angst as I prepare a YA (young adult) plot for NaNoWriMo 2009. Yes! I am doing NaNo this year.

My writing peeps suggested I take a break from women's fiction and try something else. I toyed with the idea of romantic suspense, but the books I've been reading and enjoying most lately are all YA, so that's where I'm going.

Recently read:
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns by John Green
Speak, Twisted and Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

I am in the process of coming up with my own story while analyzing what worked in my favourites above, while trying to quickly devour more current YA. Deadline: Nov 1. I need to have my character sheets done, my plot outline ready, a logline in place and ideally a complete scene by scene breakdown of the book.

Meanwhile, it turns out my teen angst novel match is : Looking for Alaska. nice!
Take the quiz here.


Anonymous said...

I seem to be:
TITHE, by Holly Black. Fantastical, angry, wild, sexy. Go read it. It's you.
Only 6% match me so far.

I'm not very angsty these days, so I tried to answer based on my teen years. Ugly.

Have you read Big Brother by Cory Doctorow or the Uglies series?

Anonymous said...

Ugh! Why does my name show up as that number now?


Karen said...

I have Scott Westerfeld on my "to track down" list for my next library visit. I need a month to read all these books !! : )

Your number name is pretty scary - it's a great high-security password, though.

Anonymous said...

Shh... don't tell anyone my new top secret password. D'oh!

You know, that quiz didn't have a stalker option for when you are madly in love with someone who doesn't know it. I used to ride my bike (car/scooter/walk) past their house (classroom/dorm/apartment) just to feel closer to them. These days of cyber-stalking would really pump up the intensity of that.

I watched a Simon Pegg movie last night (Run, Fat Boy, Run) and when I logged on to Twitter today there dozens of tweets between Pegg and Nick Frost. In a surreal moment it felt like he was a bud of mine. I bet stalkers have become much scarier now that they have instant access to celebrities' words/actions.


Anonymous said...

I'm boy proof. Just reserved it at Harbor Topky. I'll let you know if I like it.