Guest post at Book Fairy’s Haven
Sharp Edges is written from the perspective of seven different characters, so I decided to theme my guest blog around perspective.
Here’s a teaser:
Creating teenage protagonists is complicated enough as it is. Teenagers are emotional, fearless, uncertain, all for nothing, troubled, and a million other things too. In Sharp Edges, the teenage cast is all of the above, but also smack-bang in the middle of a crisis, reeling from grief, guilt and anger.
The biggest challenge of writing seven different people was that these characters literally needed to be seven different people. They have their own backstories, their own personalities, they sound different, and they act different and they think differently.
I also introduced these characters and touched on the process of writing each one. For example:
Ashley is your typical, awkward teenage girl. She wants to fit in, but isn’t quite sure how to.
As a result she’s full to the brim with teenage anxiety and self-esteem issues. To write Ashley I had to draw on my own troubled teenage years.
I included a rough sketch of what these characters look like inside my head. Please note: I am not an artist. If you want to see some real skills, see Cat Hellisen’s blog post on Doodlebugging.
I’ll be talking more in-depth about the processes that go into writing young adult fiction at a YA masterclass at the Open Book Festival in September. This YA workshop will also feature fellow YA authors, Cat Hellisen and Sarah Lotz (aka Lily Herne).
The details are as follows:
Date: Wednesday 11 September 2013
15.00 – 17.00 Central Library (Cape Town) Seminar Room 1
Please rsvp to me directly at sallypar(at)gmail.com
Curious about Sharp Edges? Watch the trailer.