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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Guest Blog: Denise Alicea: Writing for Teens

Why do some writers love writing for teens? Everyone has their own reasons as to why the write a certain genre. Writing for teens takes us back to when we were younger. It brings all the memories associated with being younger. The emotions that come with it such as first loves, anger, secrets, resentment, and not being understood by your parents. It’s a time that some find easier than their adult lives. I really enjoy writing for teens because it gives me a chance to tell the stories that I wanted to tell. All of us at one point or another wanted to go back in time to change something or to meet our favorite celebrity. This is where my story, Consoling Angel came in. It’s all about the love that I had for wanting to share my story with everyone.

Although I wrote it for myself, I had the opportunity to share it and went for it. I always had a love of young adult books and still do as I continue to read the genre. I also review some of the books that I read as well. There is so much to learn from reading other books. I also am very grateful for belonging to such great writing groups and organizations. I’m grateful for all the people that I’ve met that have also helped me. They have helped me grow in several ways. Being a writer can be lonely, but if you make an effort to make friends then the journey of being a writer is not one to walk alone.

Some of my tips for writing and writing for teens are below. I hope they help and remember to join a group to get feedback because that’s important. Also be sure to read and keep writing!

Tips for Writing
1. No distractions. Find yourself a quiet place for yourself free of distraction. This means no television, phones, etc.
2. Be sure to be surrounded only by the writing materials you need.
3. Free write. Do not think of editing!
4. Learn about blogging and social media. This will serve a huge purpose when you get published.
5. Know all your options from publishing in print to self publishing.

Tips for Writing for Teens
1. Know the genre that you want to write. Read books on the subject, attend workshops, read books on the genre. This will help you understand the genre you are to write. If your a new writer then learn the basics of storytelling, characters, plot etc.
2. Join a writers group. There are plenty of groups around. Whether it be online or no, join one! It’s a great way to meet people who share the same passion as you. It’s also great for feedback and more learning.
3. Always make time to write. Set yourself a schedule and stick to it.
4. Research! Do your research thoroughly whether online or your local library.
5. Keep going. Be sure to stay on your schedule and write.
6. Once you think you have it all, edit your heart out. Be sure to get a critique partner.


Born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Connecticut, she found that she was more interested in what went on in the past, than in the future. Denise always enjoys reading a variety of book genres such as ancient history, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, and romance. She has a great respect for the arts, her first love being drawing and painting. Writing is a medium that would inspire her to share the ongoing stories in her head.

Consoling Angel:
Review copies available in:  PDF | EPUB | MOBI

Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel, Paranormal, and Romance
Book Length: 24 pages
Publisher: Book Baby (self published)

Mira did not know what she had in store the day she fell asleep while wanting to escape her current situation. Overcoming a death from someone so close and burying herself in school and an internship has kept her somewhat awake and alive. An admiration for the actor, James Dean was all that kept the memory of her father alive. If she couldn’t be with her father, she could at least remember what they shared an admiration for together. She always wanted to meet James Dean… she didn’t know it would come true. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true.

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Denise said...

Thanks for having me!

Adrienne deWolfe said...

Thanks for your tips, Denise. I have my sights set on writing a YA Paranormal -- and now you started me thinking! In truth, I like being an adult MUCH better. (I have the authority to make my own decisions!) Does that make me a control freak? (LOL!) So maybe my best encouragement for teens would be to write books with the message, "Go for it! Remove the word, 'mistake' from your vocabulary, and replace it with, 'adventure!'" Hugs!

Sandy said...

I live firmly in the present, Denise, but I do like your tips. One tip I would give teens is don't let the present get you down because it's always going to get better. Just hang in there and ignore those who try to tear you down.

Nicole Morgan said...

What a great post! Thank you Denise! And your book also sounds fantastic!!! :)

Gemma Juliana said...

I enjoyed your post, Denise. Your tips are useful for anyone wanting to plunge in. Good luck with your book!

Melissa Keir said...

Great tips Denise. I saw that many of them were things that I already do, so I felt good. I love that you write for teens because you wanted to change something in your own past. I play with the "What if" game with my stories as well. :)

All the best!

Rose Anderson said...

Thanks for joining us and thanks the tips, Denise. :)

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