Saturday, July 23, 2011

On Writing for Teens: A Tip

I'm contemplating my next project. I need a "new baby" to give my heart to, to learn from, to grow with. Something unique. I'm looking for an idea that will challenge and entertain me, a story kids will love and not find predictable.

That's a tall order. Kids are smart.


A couple weeks ago, my husband and I went on an afternoon date to the bakery. My daughter texted him. Their conversation went something like this:

Will you bring us cookies?

Have you cleaned the rabbit cage yet?


Send me a picture of a clean rabbit cage. Then I'll buy you cookies.

She sent this:

My tip: do not dumb anything down. Kids. Are. Smart.

P.S. - They got the cookies
and the cage was clean by the time we got home. Win-win. :)


Anonymous said...

Sounds like my son - utterly devious and creative when it comes to food...or video games.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

So funny! I love it when I see little spurts of humor in my teen too. :)

Jess said...

Oh man, that's classic! You need to save that actual picture if you can! What a creative/smart kiddo :)

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Your daughter is definitely smart. That's awesome! :)

I hope you get inspired with your tall-order idea soon!


Michelle said...

very cool way to get things done!
So true.. never dumb down. x

TerryLynnJohnson said...

heh heh heh! I wish I could harness the creative energy of my step daughters.

Dawn Simon said...

Stephanie, hee-hee. I'm still motivated by treats! ;)

Sharon, so fun! My kids totally crack me up.

Jess, you're right! I'll have to track down the original!

Amy, I hope so too! I'm always jotting down ideas and notes to myself, but I need to really think things through.

Michelle, I have to admit we were going to buy them the cookies right off the bat. And they probably knew that. But yes, it all turned out great!

Terry Lynn, I wish the same with my kids. :)

Marsha Sigman said...

That made me laugh. My son does things like that. Wayyy too smart for their own good.

Natalie said...

LOL. That is hilarious. She's one smart cookie.

I totally agree. I'm always struggling to keep my stories surprising and unpredictable. It's tough sometimes.

Jennifer K. Mann said...

You know, the two of you have some drawing talent in more telling me you don't have any!

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Marsha! Yes, way too smart!

Natalie, it is tough. I'm reading REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly right now, and it's very inspiring. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Jen, you crack me up! My daughter is very artistic. It must skip a generation or something. :)

Anonymous said...

Lol. That was clever of your daughter.

You're so right about kids being smart. My students sometimes point out things that I completely missed or things that I thought they wouldn't know.

KLM said...

Yes, kids are clever all right but why are they never clever at stuff we want them to be clever at? Like doing the laundry or operating the vacuum cleaner? No, all their cleverness is directed at getting OUT of work.

The little stinkers.

Margaret Nevinski said...

Ha ha, love how your daughter interpreted the word "picture." I guess your husband should have said "photo," though I'm sure she would have found a creative way out of that, too. Maybe your next novel should be called, "Clean Rabbit Cage."

Suma Subramaniam said...

Your daughter is so smart Dawn:-). Kids bring in such an original sense of humor. Love your post!