Monday, May 14, 2012

He Said, She Said

No Girls Allowed?
The SCBWI Carolinas conference in September already looms large, and I have to make a decision about an ms.


Summer months are not my most productive. If I'm to get the ms up to snuff in time to submit the first ten pages for an agent critique, I need to get moving.

Here's the dilemma:

I've known for a while that I only have half the story on my sci-fi. I decided to go YA because the tone fits better, and the other half of the tale has been simmering since then. But which perspective provides the best delivery?

Thirteen year old Taner's arc is already written, so I need to flesh out the opposing forces of his world from another character's point of view from:

A) The sixteen year old soldier with a hidden past
B) The thirteen year old virgin priestess creating a triangle

Here's what my teen boys say:

"What?! #$#%*$%" Translate. No girls allowed.
See pic above. Note: I am mom.

Critique group vote (from a guy):

"You can expand your audience with the sixteen year old's POV."

My thoughts:

Yes, but a girl's POV works too, as long as I keep her from being girly, which she isn't.

(I'd just read SCORPIO RACES, which switches between a boy and girl, and does it exceptionally well. You should go read it too, if you haven't already.)

My girl's character has an important arc, but is her arc as important as the older boy's?
(Secret thought: Can I even pull his POV off?) Hmmm.

Then I went to lunch with a friend who doesn't have a (water) horse in this race. She voted for the boy too.

I wonder. Did I explain the boy's story better (every time) because I already knew it was the right choice? Was I scared to write a YA "boy" book? Methinks the answer to both of those questions is yes. But if I explained it well, then I must be able to write it well. (I hope.)

So here's me, writing what I want to write, again.

And hoping there's a market for it...


LTM said...

shew! Tough dilemma. I suppose you're actually making a choice of audience here. Do you want to appeal to boys or girls? I think it's possible you could hit both, but I'll be willing to bet more girls than boys read Hunger Games.

Personally, I'd go w/the girl, but you know me!!! :D Which character speaks to you more? Good luck~ <3

Stephanie Thornton said...

Tough choice!

I don't know if I'd worry about which one is more marketable--they sound like they could both be very marketable.

Good luck with the writing--I'm hoping this summer is more productive for me than last summer!

Miriam Forster said...

I'd say trust your gut. There are a lot of alternate POV books out there that appeal to both boys and girls, but if you're explaining one view better than the other, you might want to try that first.

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