Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 29, 2008

Fiction group

Filed under: WRITERS' FICTION Group — ebrazee @ 12:04 pm

I’ve got a question for anyone from the fiction group who remembers what my piece is about… short stories with a car theme, remember? Since I’m not sure I’ll be able to meet with the group next class because I’m in Allison’s seminar, I wanted to get some input from you now. I had planned to write all 5 (possibly 6) shorts from a girl’s p.o.v. Do you think I should try a boy’s p.o.v.? Would be it better if all the stories were the same (girl’s)? The shorts that I was thinking about taking on from the boy’s p.o.v. would be about getting your first car, and witnessing/helping out at a tragic car crash. I guess I am thinking that the car theme is enough of a common thread between the shorts, so if I wrote from different gender p.o.v.s it wouldn’t negatively effect the commanlities. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated!

My working title for the collection is RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS but I’ll probably change that since 1 story has just the driver, no passenger, and if I write from a boy’s p.o.v. then I would have to include riding with girls!




  1. Hi Erica, I think you should follow your muse re: deciding whether or not to try a male voice.

    Riding in Cars with Boys is the name of a 2001 movie..with Drew Barrymore…..have you seen it? Good title but you might not want to use it for that reason. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — March 29, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  2. Erica: I think it would be a great writing experience to try and write from a male point of view. Are you considering it because you really want to or because you think you should? If it is the latter, perhaps rethink it. But if you think it would make the collection more complete, I say go for it. If you need some inspiration, try TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson (author of Speak). She writes this book entirely from a teenage boy’s perspective and it is beautifully done. Good luck and I can’t wait to read you stories. The common thread is such a great idea.


    Comment by mandygrl101 — March 31, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

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