Teen & YA fiction themes and toxic tropes! with Katy Campbell, Citlalin Ossio, & Dominic de Souza

Teen & YA fiction themes and toxic tropes! with Katy Campbell, Citlalin Ossio, & Dominic de Souza

Mar 17, 2022 | Export, Latest

Dominic, Katy, and Citlalin chat about what makes YA and Teen fiction. Most importantly, what are the key things to think about when creating characters, what pressures are they going through, and what toxic tropes to avoid.

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    This chat was a true blessing to watch! I had never thought about the whole “write what you’re going through” thing without thinking “oh, I don’t want to fall into the trap of just putting myself in the story and living through my characters”. I didn’t realize that there’s a healthy way to do both! Thank you for the tips, discussion, and pop-culture references!

    • Dominic de Souza

      Really glad this was helpful! Thanks, Max!

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Dominic Vera

Founder of LegendFiction, and a total Wandery. Geeks over epics, mystics, science, the angelic, & Netflix. A young, Catholic dad and novelist passionate about worldbuilding and faith-inspired fiction. A graduate from the Writer’s Institute for Children’s Literature, self-published a children’s novel, and works as a full time marketer and graphic designer. Married, with a small girl and a smaller corgi. Website | See more of Dominic's posts

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