facilitated this part of the workshop
- This is not the time to be restrained.
- Teenagers are dramatic. They’re over the top. Now or never. Black or white. Let them tell their stories. Speech can be overblown. Let out the drama queens!
- Teens blurt stuff out. They make mistakes in judgment.
- They're self-centered. A girl doesn’t care if the world blows up, unless it ruins her hair. What they care about the most is themselves. Madly self-invested.
- Teens focus small. Is she going to get what she needs to survive?
- Write in bursts. Not necessarily grammatically correct. Use syntax and rhythm to create patterns. Awkward speech mimics the natural and conversational talk of teens.
- Teens have heartbreaking passion and honesty. All their money is in the middle of the table all the time.
- The way the character perceives the world shows who he or she is. Using this information develops deep POV.
- Teens are all about self-sacrifice and loyalty. Who you are within the tribe is very important. Novelists must create a personality and moral structure. The novel will be about how the character changes and grows.