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The First Time

on July 16, 2012

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.

You can read that “first kiss” scene here.

And, I ask you….what “first experience” will you include in your story?



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