It’s been a while since I remembered to share an Authors Answer post, so please feel free to visit Jay’s site and read back through them!! Today is #29, in which the authors and I talk about how adults can write from the viewpoint of children.
There are many books from the point of view or featuring children and teenagers. But children and teenagers don’t write those books. Adults do. This week’s question comes from aclmohle.
Question 29: How do adult authors write from the point of view of children/teenagers so well?
You’re assuming that they do write well from that viewpoint, which I haven’t seen be the case, most of the time. However, at least you can say, well, they were kids once, right?
I think it’s all a matter of remembering, very well, even while realizing how ridiculous it all was, the experience of being younger, feeling trapped, thinking you know everything, fancying yourself invincible… It’s easy to tell when an adult is trying too hard – recall the shittiness and freedom of being a teenager to write like one well. Otherwise… it’ll show.
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