Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? Maybe a book for boys and teen boys? Well, this coming year could be your year to write some magic.
Publishers are always looking for the next Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Last Olympians), John Flanagan (The Rangers Apprentice), R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) or J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter).
Having written five novels for tween and teen boys, I thought I would share some of the elements that go into writing a “boy book.” I have created this list through reading hundreds of books, all with male protagonists, and through eleven years of teaching and observing 7th and 8th grade boys at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School.
Elements to think about when writing a boy book:
When people ask me for writing advice, I always encourage them to do three things: First, read a lot. Read hundreds of books, both within the genre you wish to write and outside of it. Second, write the sort of books you enjoy reading—do not chase what is popular right now. By the time your book is published, that particular fad will have faded away. Third, write every day. Train yourself to pound that keyboard or scribble in that notebook anytime you have a fifteen minute window. Since I still teach full time, that is the only way I have managed to keep up with my publishing schedule. If you can write even a page a day, then by year’s end, you will have written a book. Now, there’s magic for you!
Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her novels, all set in Colorado Springs, include Griffin Rising, Griffin’s Fire, Griffin’s Storm, Finn Finnegan (March 2013), and Gideon’s Spear (February 2014). Visit her at www.darbykarchut.com