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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Teenage Authors

Today I am drinking a fresh roasted Papua New Guinea coffee with cream.

What are you drinking?

I recently got a request from an author that was a teenager. I was super impressed and agreed to review the book. It was pretty good. One thing I noticed though that the character’s lacked some intricacies. The characters were a little bit flat. I don’t think this had to do with the writer’s craft.

I think it had to do with age and lack of experience. It’s not a bad thing, it just got me to wondering can young authors write while lacking life experience they will accumulate later on in life.

My conclusion is it shouldn’t stop them from writing… Yet, one of two things need to happen: 1) The reader needs to consider the author’s age and expect that some things will be lacking. 2) The writer needs to write closer to their own life experience.

I am all for young authors, but their lack of life experience may put them in a league all their own and may need to be evaluated on a different scale than an author who is not a teenager.

What do you think?

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  • irena_bookdustmagic June 26, 2016, 1:21 am

    I think teenage authors could do amazing job, but with time they will be only better and better.
    But yeah, the lack of experience will probably show up in their work.

    I know Bukowski once said that no one could write a good book before they are at least 30years old, but I don’t agree with that.
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    • Jessica June 27, 2016, 5:34 pm

      Well that makes me feel better I am in my thirties still struggling to write my debut novel!

  • Kristin June 26, 2016, 9:09 am

    I feel like it’s hit or miss, the same as with adult authors. I’ve read some great books by teens. However, I think the key is that they write about teens their age, someone they can relate to. One of my favorite books is The DUFF by Kody Keplinger and she wrote that when she was 17.
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    • Jessica June 27, 2016, 5:31 pm

      Yes! You are absolutely right. That’s impressive, DUFF did really well.

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