Writing for the Tween Market

20111210_ABS_1296[1]Hello Everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m Lisa Orchard, the bestselling author of the Super Spies series and I’m here to talk about writing for the Tween Market.

First of all, I love this age group! When I look back on my life, I recall my tween years as some of my happiest memories. In fact, my friends and I formed our own detective squad and tried to solve a mystery in our  small town. We never did, but let me tell you that was one of the best summers of my life. When I get together with those friends, we always bring up that summer and laugh about it.

When I look back on those years, I chuckle at my attitude. We thought we were invincible and we could accomplish anything! What a wonderful feeling to believe that there are no limitations or obstacles.

So, when I decided to write for this market I wanted to bring that same feeling to my readers. And being an avid mystery fan, it was a natural choice for me to write stories in that genre. However, I had to be careful because I wanted my characters to be good role models too. So, I made sure they didn’t condone or take part in any negative behavior like bullying or teasing. I had to do that and keep the story entertaining. No small task, that’s for sure!

While keeping my stories interesting, I also weave life lessons throughout the books; that way my readers can learn the lesson right along with the characters. Fiction can be a wonderful teacher, and sometimes it’s easier to learn a lesson from a book than it is to learn one from a parent. Sometimes, it’s easier on the parent too. 🙂

I’m always striving to teach with my stories and the other Emblazoner authors feel the same way. It’s so nice to work with a group of like-minded individuals. We all use different tools to tell our story. For example, some of us use humor, and some use fantasy or history. What’s nice about that is there’s something in our selection for every type of reader. So go ahead and check out our books, I’m sure you’ll find something for even the most reluctant reader!

Thanks for reading my post and if you’d like to share some of your thoughts on writing for the tweens in your life, feel free. We’d love to hear from you!

27 thoughts on “Writing for the Tween Market

  1. The wonderful thing about teaching with fiction is that kids don’t even realize they’re learning! As a teacher, it’s my absolute favorite way to teach history. And only a great story can pull this off without sounding preachy. That’s a trick!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Michelle and you are so right! I’m looking forward to reading “The Candle Star” I just downloaded it last night. Hopefully, when the kids start school I’ll have more time to read! 🙂

  2. Loved your post, Lisa! I agree, kids would rather learn through a story, not a lecture! Plus, stories are more entertaining and engaging! Cheers and best wishes in ALL your publishing endeavors!

  3. Thanks for stopping by Sharon! I appreciate your kind words and well wishes. I can’t wait to read your new release. It’s coming out at the end of August, correct?

  4. So glad to hear that you intentionally insert life lessons. I’m tired of hearing editors tell us our writing should not be “didactic”. Hopefully, they are talking about style, and not content. Thanks for your encouraging post, Lisa!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jarm and sharing your thoughts! 🙂 I think reading a story is one of the best ways to teach a lesson! Like Michelle said, the reader doesn’t always know he/she is learning one! 🙂

  5. Lisa – your comment about invincibility made me cringe. When I think back on some of the stupid things I did at that age, I wonder that I survived to tell about them. I’m so thankful my parents were able to give me the freedom they did, but sometimes wonder What were they Thinking? Good thing I was basically a good kid and avoided any trouble, but I didn’t even think about the danger I put myself in.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your post, and I love your stories as well. Keep writing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Cordelia. I agree with you, however, when we were growing up it was a totally different era. I feel that things have taken a turn for the worse. Crime has probably doubled since I was that young and we also live in a bigger city than I did when I was growing up. I wish we could go back to that simpler time, but I’m afraid we can’t. I’m not going to say how long ago that was! 😉

  6. A lesson discovered carries much more weight than a lesson learned. We are fed lessons all our lives, yet the ones that stick with us best are the ones we find on our own. How many times have parents told their children, “Don’t touch the stove, it’s hot!” and still children must discover the truth of that lesson themselves.

    Reading stories can illustrate many lessons in ways that are much more effective than parents and teachers, as you point out in your post, Lisa. Reading books lets kids explore worlds they might not be able to on their own and offers an invaluable opportunity to gain life experiences without having to burn their fingers on the stove. 🙂 Love your post!

    1. No truer words have ever been spoken Alan! That’s why reading is such an important skill. Not only does it teach, but it also improves self esteem. All of that for the price of a book! I can’t think of a better investment, can you?

  7. Hi, Lisa,
    I like the idea of positive reinforcement through story telling and I do agree that it can make things easier on parents if kids are learning while they’re being entertained.

    1. Thanks for stopping by J. L.! I’m all for learning through entertainment and it sounds like you are too. 🙂 We have to be creative in our teaching methods these days, don’t we? 🙂

  8. You captured the tween years perfectly Lisa. When I was a tween we had so much fun pretending we were travelling the world. We made up all kinds of adventures while we were “travelling”. It’s not surprising I write stories that teach children about other countries!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Darlene! It sounds like you have some awesome childhood memories too. 🙂 I loved my tween years and I have some of my happiest memories from that time period. What a great idea to write stories that take place in other countries. That’s a great way to learn about other cultures. 🙂

  9. My tween years weren’t my favorite years. Those were my awkward years!

    Learning life lessons through stories are one of the best ways to learn. When I think about all the dog stories that prepare kids for dealing with the death of a pet or just death in general, I’d say your point is well taken. Studies have also shown fiction readers tend to have more empathy, so tweens are not only learning from reading our books, but they’re becoming better people, too!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lynn! I appreciate your kind words. Who would have thought reading would be so beneficial? 🙂 I’m excited that I’m going on this journey with such like-minded individuals.

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