I was watching the second Sex and the City movie last night, when it dawned on me that I’ve neglected one important topic that teens are very interested in — fashion. I mean, they’re very conscious of their appearance at this age, and though they may not be high-fashion like Samantha, they might be quirky fashion like Carrie Bradshaw, but what they’re wearing is very important to teens.
Think about it… They’re dating. They’re “putting themselves out there,” as they say and to attract the kind of partners they want… they want to look good. This is true of both sexes.
Haircuts, clothes, shoes… all huge in a teenager’s life.
So, if you want to write for teen magazines or even books, you might consider basing your story around fashion. Think careers — fashion designer or photographer, or even super model. You’ll interest both sexes with those topics, too.
Or, if you’re writing a novel, it could be about breaking into the fashion industry or modeling and the rewards and woes of that pursuit. You have tons of options.
Just remember not to talk down. Talking down is very bad. If that’s one thing I can leave you with in this series of short articles, remember that.