For Preptober, I’m revising and putting the finishing touches on my outline for The Forest Book, the tentative title for my YA Fantasy. I struggle with the YA part of the genre category and remind myself that it’s only marketing. But I still worry that I won’t be meeting all the expectations of the genre and think that the YA designation is merely because my main characters are all in their mid to late teens. Part of the reason I’m posting for Preptober is to work out some of the tiny insecurities I have about the story, not because the idea has to be perfect before writing, but even the smallest anxieties can stifle a work in progress.
Mainly I deal with these tiny insecurities in one of two ways: I figure out, through research or consultation, how to fix the issue, or, I decide it’s not an issue. While the second option is better for my mental health, it has been overused this year, just to be able to function day-to-day. So I think, for the little detail about YA or not-YA, I’ll wait until I find some beta readers and ask their opinion.
And before you ask, yes, I do read YA, but it’s not a huge part of my reading list. I also think I’m easily influenced by Book-stagrammers and Book-tubers who tend to make the process of buying, reading, and reviewing books such an excessively aesthetic experience that I’m in awe just looking at their bookshelves. I have no idea if they’re my audience, but if they are, they’re intimidating.
As far as the genre is concerned, it’s definitely a fantasy, with some mystery, some romance, some humor, and some action. I guess it is a human story after all.