As I mentioned in a previous post, I am actively participating in NaNoWriMo. I am writing a young adult novel which involves teenagers (obviously). I happen to LOVE young adult novels. Seriously, can’t get enough. So why not write one, right?
So, I’m just chugging right along until I have to write teenage dialogue….
Let me put this in perspective. I have not been a teenager in almost 12 years. (HOLY SHIT I’M TURNING 30 IN LIKE 3 MONTHS) anyways…
I understand that in writing we have to write in the voice of other people ALL THE TIME. I get that. And I want it to be believable.
But when I think about teenage boys and what they probably sound like most of the time in real life I make this face….
Sometimes they are totally gross, right?! People don’t want to read a book where the love interest is talking about doritos and boobs all the time.
So, I’m exaggerating quite a bit.
But, how do you find a balance between realistic characters and what people want to read? Obviously, the love interest in my story is a teenage boy. How do you make that person sound like a teenager while also being everything that the reader wants in a book crush?
Also, kids these days are pretty dang sophisticated and I don’t want to sound like some idiot pretending to be a teenager. ( I’ve read books like that and it’s not pretty.)
Girls are also WAY more mature than they were when I was a teenager. It’s also very different now in terms of social media. I think that the advancement of technology has completely changed the way that kids are growing up and is also forcing a lot to grow up quicker.
But no matter what, it’s a confusing age.
It’s also pretty amazing.
I think most of us remember it kind of like this….
Do you have any tips for writing in a teenage voice?