One of the writing prompts I use in many of my workshops is: Write about a “first.” Write about a first kiss, the first time you drove, the first date, the first dog, the first day at school, etc.
There are two books that I like to use in workshop which tie into “firsts”
Never Before: Poems About First Experiences, edited by Laure-Anne Bosselaar— A wonderful collection of poems about that “first” experience.
First Kiss, Then Tell: A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments edited by Cylin Busby–A fabulous collection of true stories about that “first kiss” written by YA authors.
When I wrote, YA Romance, WEAVING MAGIC, I had to deal with the question: “How far would Shantel and Christopher go? Would they have sex?” Sex in YA is a huge topic, and there have been many fabulous blog posts written about it, including this one at Kidlit.Com.
I won’t tell you whether or not Shantel and Christopher have sex, you will have to read the book …..but, today, the “first kiss” excerpt is posted on the MuseItUp Blog.
And, I ask you….what “first experience” will you include in your story?