Today's my first day back at work after a glorious three-day weekend. I did a little reading, did a little revising, and did a TON of relaxing. Nothing crazy--but I'm curious about what kinds of stories my students will share with me today. Which leads me to my big question:
What do teens do on weekends??
I mean, if you believe the movies, they're probably doing this:
Or pretending to do this:
When they're actually doing this:
BTW, if you can name all of these movies, then I hereby dub you a rock star. But I digress...
When I'm writing a manuscript, I'm usually on the fence as to whether or not my characters should be throwing or attending a party. Of course, this depends on your characters' personalities but still--are teens partying as much as we think they are?
My trusty cousin helped me out with this by polling some of her students on how their weekends are spent:
"I usually stay at a friend's house, but when I stay home, I do school work."--Allyssa, Age 14
"I stay home most of the time and play music or PS3."--Sandra, Age 16
"Saturdays I spend the day with [my boyfriend]. We go to my grandparents' for cookouts or watch movies at home. Sundays, I spend time with my family."--Savannah, Age 15
"Go bowling; eat pizza; sleep late; ask mom to make muffins; go four-wheeling; play with dogs; see family; eat steak; play Wii with stepfather; spend money and get me some clothes or shoes."--Avery, Age 15
As you can see, not every teen hooks up or parties hard--so if you're dreading including those scenes in your WIP, it's okay to skip it. Remember, just write what feels authentic to your character. So, you tell me, as a teen--how did you spend YOUR weekends?
Oh, and just for the hell of it, here are those crazy Glee kids covering the weekend classic, "Friday."