If you want your YA novel to mean something beyond puppy love and schoolyard woes, try weaving in a theme of death through survival, sacrifice, and immortality. I’m not talking about gruesome crime scenes or even grief– instead, explore the aspects of death that resonate with our humanity; the questions that touch our religious beliefs and our proudest choices.
As an editor of the high school newspaper, the editor-in-chief of the high school literary magazine, and a college journalism major, I have clearly always been someone who doesn’t mind writing a research paper or an essay. In fact, I welcomed these assignments when I was still in school. I would pick a 10-page essay … Read More