Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Addicted to YA Checklist

Last week, Julie did a post titled ‘Writing YA When You’re Old’.  I’m piggybacking on that a little and giving you a ‘How to tell you’re addicted to YA checklist’.

Here it is:

1)      When you walk into Barnes & Noble, you head directly to the Young Adult section.

2)      You prefer teen movies/TV shows.

3)      You buy ‘Seventeen’ the magazine. (Even if you’re, well, not 17.)

4)      You eavesdrop on teenagers’ conversations when out in public.

5)      You sneaked pictures of a young guy who reminds you of a character in your latest manuscript. (Yes, I did this. Read about it here.)

If you said yes to only one of these you’re a borderline addict. You like YA, but could easily choose something else.

If you said yes to three, you’re addicted, but it’s controllable.

If you said yes to all five, you’ve come to the right place. Take off your coat, pull up a chair and stay a while. We’re all friends here.

Can you think of any other things that should go on the Addicted to YA Checklist? Let me know in the comments.


  1. HA! Love this! I definitely do all those things :)

  2. LOL! Yes, I'm guilty! Especially of the first one. ARE there any other sections at B&N?!?

    Here's another: Every time you see teens out in public, you start casting them as characters in current and upcoming books, studying them like some scientists study mice.

  3. I would think "If you write YA" then that should be a sign you are addicted. After all, that's a good portion of your time going to an activity in that genre. Isn't that the definition you're spotlighting? So I'd add that to the list.