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Speculative Fiction For Teens

June 27, 2011

 

When I started working on this project, I didn’t have a clue where the story would take me. I had an idea, a starting point, something my grandfather told me his father told him: a sparkle! I surely didn’t expect this little spark to ignite a flame of possibilities, but I’m glad it did.

 

A story needs to be what it is, and that may not always be what the writer had in mind, maybe it’s what he or she has deep down or all around, who knows. I’m just trying to figure it all out, and I may end up empty-handed. That’s okay for now. The only thing that matters is the truth – how fictionalized or speculative it may be.

 

Why Speculative Fiction? I didn’t know about this genre till I read a blog post on the topic: Speculative Fiction and the Indie Lit Awards 2011. When I write, I don’t really think about genres, I focus on the characters or in this case, an idea. And from there I start to brew a world around it, or her, or him. When I’m doing research (and I always do, no matter how small the project), I often find what I’m not looking for; a whole new direction or perspective.

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