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Road Trip Wednesday #11: Your Real Young Adult Writing

Welcome to our eleventh Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival", where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing or reading-related question and answer it in on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

You're more than welcome to participate! Just answer the question/topic on your own blog, and leave a link to it in the comments.

Topic #11: Your Real Young Adult Writing

C'mon, whip it out! Your old writing, I mean. Short stories, poems, journal entries, (Godhelpus) novels – what did your prose look like when you were a young adult?

Amanda Hannah: "I was a nosy, obnoxious little observer in Junior High..."

Kate Hart: "Yes I do have penis envy--I'll be the first to admit..."

Kaitlin Ward: "Genetically modified kangaroos have taken over Earth..."

Lee Bross: "I was living the characters I write now..."

Kristin Miller: "It was epic fantasy, with kick butt female leads and lots of men-slaves..."

Michelle Shusterman: "The main character's name was Claire. Her last name was most likely Cliché..."

Emilia Joyce Plater: "Then I went ahead and did cartwheels on every writing rule imaginable..."

Kody Keplinger: "Yep. Laugh it up. Poetry inspired by Mischa Barton..."

Kirsten Hubbard: "My crusade against the conformists was like a holy mission..."

Kristin Briana Otts: "Pretty much every character, at some point in time, was seduced by the Dark Lord..."

Don't have a blog? That's all right. We still want to hear your answers! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Road Trip Wednesday Song of the Week
Fool in the Rain - Led Zeppelin
Michelle Schusterman

Michelle writes books for kids, screenplays for a tv/film production company, and music for anyone who'd buy a "groove matters" bumper sticker. She lives in New York City with her husband (and band mate) and their chocolate lab (who is more of a vocalist). She is the author of middle grade series I Heart Band - 2014, and The Kat Sinclair Files - 2015 (both from Grosset).

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  1. I've enjoyed reading about everyone's early writing memories!

    I had planned to work on my WIP this afternoon, but reading your posts brought back a lot of memories so I decided to play along.

    My earliest writing memories

    Let me know what you think!


  2. I took a trip down memory lane... Way, way back...

  3. I actually shared a hideous poem I wrote around age 15 a while back on my blog. You can find it here


    Wow, that was kind of humiliating. =P

  5. Pretty much the best thing that's ever happened:

  6. This question made me smile. :)Please check out my response here:

  7. I posted, revealing my secret uber huge nerd side, but twas still fun :D

  8. What an AWESOME question! It was nice to go back in time and think about all of the writing I used to do with no pressure :) Visit my blog to read my response:

  9. Slightly terrifying going back to read that thing, but here you go...

  10. Fun idea! (I'd love to participate, but I only started writing a few years ago... there were some journals in the far distant past, but I don't believe they survived. I wonder where they are? Ack. Not good to lose track of one's adolescent confessionals, is it?) Anyway, I'll very much enjoy reading all of YOUR "real young adult" writing. :)

  11. I'm excited so many people are participating! I'll check everyone's out this evening and we can all cringe together.

    Shari: true. very true. better find those, so they don't end up on ebay when you're famous. ::shudder::

  12. Luckily, I had a journal tucked away in a drawer. I posted two entries. Check it out.

  13. I posted a poem that is awful! It's sooo awful that it may hurt to read it! :)


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