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How Wise (or Clueless) Were You?

In In Other Words, Writing on March 2, 2010 at 5:46 am

I had a writer friend critique a story recently, and his main criticism was that the 14 year-old girl who is the main character is too wise. So I’ve been trying to figure out just how wise a smart, female high-school freshman who’s experienced a few hard knocks (dad attempted suicide, for example), but is otherwise in a stable loving environment should be.

I’ve tried to capture in memory where my own thinking was at that age, and the images I’ve conjured are fuzzy. Life (especially social life) was hard and cruel in some spots, but I felt wild and invincible at others. And thanks to a dear friend who is an insane pack rat, I recently got a peak at some of my writing from high school, when, I was, evidently, pedantic, precocious, and mostly too serious for my own good.

How wise (or clueless) were you at 14? Did your knowledge of the world and how it works come in fits and spurts or more gradually? What didn’t you know at 14 that you know now? Spill it! My character needs to know…

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  1. Madi just turned 15, she writes alot in ELAR (English class for us ’80s kids) and reads alot. Want her to read it??

  2. I’ll send an email, this could be personal and I believe these comments are read by all, right?

  3. I know who that packrat is…she sent me a news clipping from our senior year. Goodness!

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