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Read, read, read…

December 23, 2018

It’s been a slow couple of weeks for me in terms of writing…as you may be able to tell from the fact that I didn’t post here last week. My last fortnight has been largely occupied by work, travel preparations, travel, jetlag…and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. I bought Nintendo’s latest Smash offering last week and have been loving it ever since – a mistake from a writing standpoint, perhaps, but certainly good fun.

That said, I have still done a bit of work towards my writing over the past couple of weeks, with much of it towards the new novel idea I mentioned last time around. And I must say it’s shaping up to be quite the idea, if I do say so myself, and I reckon it’s going to be a hoot to write…

…assuming I’m in the right mindset to write it by the time I start.

This book, you see, is going to be a Young Adult novel with a contemporary high-school setting, with some sci-fi concepts also included. I plan for it to include difficult family relationships and some good old fashioned teen drama…along with a troubled protagonist who regularly experiences jarring personality shifts. I’m planning to write the whole thing in first person, too, so I can’t imagine that aspect of the protagonist being easy to write, but I reckon it’ll make for a fun little challenge.

The issue here is that it’s been a while since I last actually read a contemporary YA novel. I’ve certainly read a fair number of them in my time, but in the last year or so…no. And if I’m not familiar with the conventions of the genre, then the chances that I’ll actually produce a good entry in the genre (even after much redrafting) is…not great.

As such, my plan for the next few months is to continue to flesh out and outline the novel, while also reading a considerable quantity of YA to get myself into the right mood for writing it.  Writers read, after all, and if I’m going to be writing YA then I see no reason not to spend my reading time on YA for the next little while.

…when I’m not playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate, anyway.

How often do you aim to read, as a writer? Got any recs concerning what YA books I should read? Feel free to comment down below!


  1. I LOVE ya fiction! For a broad interpretation I think the Carnegie prize shortlist is a great place to start and there’s usually some good sci-fi and fantasy In there too.
    Cassandra Clare, Divergent, Louise O Neill all good too.

    And I’m so glad you’re blogging again! I think we first connected about ten years ago! Looking forward to reading more

    • Thanks! Yeah, I must say it’s good to be doing this again. Dunno how I managed to go quiet for so long, really.

      I’ve been meaning to try out Cassandra Clare for a while now, actually, so I think I’ll go ahead and try something by her. Thanks very much for your suggestions!

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