I think one of the hardest things about being a young writer is that so much of our identity has to revolve around student life rather than the writing life. I've been grappling with this balance for a while over on my blog--and am sure to lose any balance I had once I start college this fall--and am still not quite sure how to make it work. What should I sacrifice for my writing at this age? How much energy can I take from my student life for my writing one?
Big questions, and not ones I can answer.
They only way that I know to change things is to get out there. I read from one writer that he thinks the teen writer lacks the life experience that the audience is craving for - but thats stipulations for the adult audience. The teen reader is looking for an adventure and if we published books for teens that are written by teens then I think our critics out there would change their views. There has always been books published by teens but it has always been too few. In the industry most of the teen lit is written by adults, I want to hear what other young writers have to say.
Anyone ever thought about self publishing? How about joining together to publish a collection of our stories?
Just a thought.