My son Dark Omen (age 12) is writing a novel. He’s been diligently working on it for some time now (since the summer). We discussed it over dinner.
Me: What genre is your story?
Dark Omen: Well, it’s science fiction and adventure. And mystery, too. But no romance.
Me: No romance?
Dark Omen: No! Why would I write a scene about that, when I can be writing about the Carillions attacking the base?
Me: Are there any girls in your story?
Dark Omen: *makes face* Of course! It wouldn’t be even if there weren’t any girls.
Me: So, there are girl characters and boy characters in your story. They just don’t fall in love.
Dark Omen: Well, somewhere in the universe of my story there are probably girls and boys falling in love. I just don’t waste words writing about it.
Me: *trying not laugh*
In my friend Adam Heine’s post The Maturation of the Male Writer, Dark Omen is somewhere between Stage 1 and Stage 2. Which I think is perfectly awesome for a twelve-year-old boy, and fits well with the young teens books that I have queued up to read and review. 🙂