Young adult fiction has helped teens realize who they want to be, how they want to act, and to start early to achieve their goals. Kelsey Day Marlett is just one prime example. She is a young writer - at only 13 - who is constantly working on getting herself out there and being a part of her community. She is now perfecting her second novel, "Healing Eruption", for publication. She wrote her first novel, "Pintus", at only 11 years old! She even has several short stories. She is strong-willed, talented, ambitious, and has motivation just flowing out of her.
When following dreams, chasing goals, and driving your ambitions, inspiration and motivation are two major aspects. These two simple emotions can make or break an accomplishment. There has been a huge rise in young adults and teens who put their energy, actions, and power toward their future.
Where does this come from? The answer is simple: Young adult fiction.
There are more young adult fiction books now more than ever; that number keeps rising with every passing day. More and more teens are finding books that they can relate to, characters that they idolize, and stories that inspire them to venture out on their own. Apart from novels, there are several teen literary magazines rising in popularity. These magazines publish works from teens ranging from novels, short stories, poetry, and even flash fiction!
The main characters in YA fiction are generally teenagers; and the story is generally ordinary teens doing extraordinary things. Because these characters are lovable, and easy to identify with, teens are realizing more about themselves. Their self-esteem is rising, and they believe in themselves more. They see that they can make a change, be part of a new world, and their own generation. They see what they want to do, and they'll stop at nothing to be all they want to be, just like their favorite YA characters.
There are so many outlets for teens creating their future, especially for young writers. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November is just one small program that can take an aspiring writer a long way. There are clubs and groups at schools and libraries. Teens are actually going out and spending their Friday night's in a writing program. And there are so many wonderful, supportive writers who give workshops, inspiration, and help young writers. The reading and writing community is truly amazing.
With this inspiring, rising, young adult genre, filling teens heads with hope and self-esteem, who knows what this generation will accomplish, and how many ordinary people will rise to do extraordinary things.