Monday, October 15, 2012

Teen Read Week; Teen Book Blog Tour - Day 2.

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Happy Teen Read Week!
I'll begin with a paragraph about myself, a paragraph about the blog, and then we'll get to the post about YA books.


My name is Katelyn Marie Shear, and I turned 14 years old last week. I'm the eldest of 7 children. I'm a Christian writer, and I write Christian, Historical, Romance, YA, Fantasy, Dystopian, etc. I'm currently focusing on my first novel "Endangered", which is halfway to the word count goal. I love reading and writing more than anything else.

I suppose that's enough about me.

This blog is for writers and readers, and I share all about my writing experiences. The normal posts are about my writing progress and adventures, with an occasional personal achievement and/or story. I try to stay away from the debatable topics on my blog, but will address my beliefs should they be attacked. Hopefully, in the near future, the blog name will be changed from "Teen Writer" to "Teen Author".


Now, yesterday, I explained what YA is and how it can be written. Well, today I'm going to be sparing with my post. In other words, this won't take too long.

Does no one ever get sick and tired of seeing teens texting and partying and just . . . wasting their youth? They have no imagination, no respect for their abilities, and it just makes me sick. I mean, you never know what the girl with a thousand piercings and fire truck red hair could do. She could cure cancer or become a *insert random important job here*. But, she's so stuck behind stereotypes, that she doesn't even bother to try.

Look at the guy with his pants hanging around his knees and walks like he's bow-legged, yelling "yo" and "dog" to everyone. He's trying so hard to fit in and be popular, that he forgets who he is, and what he wanted to be.

As a teen, I fight against the stereotypes and refuse to be boxed in with all the others. I say, forget what people say or think. Who cares if I'm not popular? Who cares if I'm "the weird girl"? Let it be! At least I stand out, in some way.

Never let go of your childhood dreams. Sure, they may have been silly, but there's something special about those dreams. When you were five, did you say, "I want to be a doctor when I grow up!"? Or, "I want to be an astronaut!"? If so, why did you let go of them? Because you couldn't do it? Because you lost faith in yourself? Because someone said it was crazy?

No matter what, never let anyone tell you that your dream is too crazy. If/when they do, just say, "Thanks! That's what I was going for!" Works everytime.

So . . . what is your dream? What was your childhood dream? Is it the same? Have you ever given in to peer pressure or felt you had to blend in?

Go ahead and tell me in the comments and/or ask me questions. I love hearing about these things. It sometimes gives me inspiration for a story. ;)

Here's the scheldule for today!


12:00—The Life of a Teenage Writer                                                                                                                              

2:00—Candy Apple Books                                                                                                                       

4:00—The Book Critic                                                                                                                              



God bless!
Galatians 6:9 KJV


  1. Great post! I completely agree. I hate stereotypes. I may be the weird one out, but I don't care. I want to be me. I want to write, I want to obsess over little things that make no sense to anyone else. If they don't like me wearing black (which does not mean I'm "going goth," people) or looking up fraternal twin bonds even though I'm not a twin, that's their problem. I like my life in which I can look up the symptoms of malnutrition while hopefully no one thinks I'm anorexic. I think it's important we don't just stereotype our characters as well. Many authors do that, and I'm ashamed to admit that I have too, but I find that making characters their own person makes them much more interesting to work with and to read.

    Thanks for this great post!

    Kelsey Gulick,

    1. Exactly. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

    2. Oh, it's no problem! I used to never leave comments on anything. I'm trying to make myself when I want to. Because, usually I'll have thoughts and just say nothing. Besides, blogging's a hard business, and it's difficult to do when you don't think anyone's reading. I'm new to your blog, but I've enjoyed what I've read so far!

    3. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it. :) It's true, it is really hard to blog and think no one's reading, but I just do it. I'm the same way about comments. I try to post a comment every now and then, but . . . it doesn't always work out.

  2. This is so true. Stereotypes. Uhg. I really hate stereotypes in YA fiction. Why is everyone either a jock of a geek? A loner or Miss popularity? Why is it like that in books.
    Great post!

    1. Thanks! And yeah, it's awful. Always makes me want to put the book down and forget about it.

      I've always wondered why everyone can't be equal instead of one person's the popular guy and bullies everyone else and so on. It's a cliche that's gotten weak.