Is it for a chance to entertain? To educate? Is it the pure enjoyment of the creative act?
One of my critique partners commented on a recent chapter of my young adult novel, You’re really going
to make kids think, aren’t you?
Yes, I certainly hope so.
If there is a common thread in all my books, and even my blog, it is that I enjoy making people think. Since it’s a voluntary thing, I figure you’re only here if you enjoy it as well. 🙂 For the kids, I hope that they will be drawn in by the story, drama, and characters, but leave with new thoughts, fresh perspectives, and an itch to discuss the newfound ideas that snuck into their brains.
Yes, I’m sneaky that way.
Any writer that can make me think, or even better, to make me feel while I think, has won me over. This was true even when I was a kid myself, so I think it can hold for some children, if not all.
If you write for children (middle grade or young adult), what drives you? If you write for adults, do you think your purpose is the same or different?