I’ve always heard it said that you should write what you love. I personally have a passion for Teen Lit. I love to read it and I especially love to write it. And nothing kept help you grow as a writer more than keeping up with the times.
When I go to the library I don’t peruse the Adult section, dawdle in the self help books or give in to the countless cook books that scream my name. Nope. I head straight to the teen section to begin my research.
I compare my dialogue to make sure I’m not speaking like the nearly thirty year old that I am, with outdated slang. I focus on what’s ‘hot’ and what’s not. I don’t want to copy an author’s style, their essence that makes their books so special. What makes a writer great is when they have their own voice, their own ideas and aren’t afraid to share them.
What do you do to research your genre?