You've heard the advice before, but it's worth repeating. Especially because this time I'm not talking about content, I'm talking about how the book is written.
DON'T FOLLOW TRENDS JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE TRENDS!
Last week during our chat session, I asked my teacher if I would be better off rewriting my story in 3rd because the majority of middle grade books are written in 3rd. That was her answer above, in all caps.
"I'm not shouting," she said. "Just being adamant."
We had been talking about playing around with our stories, trying different things. And in truth, I had tried writing my story in 3rd person before, but it didn't feel right.
"I strongly discourage you from making major decisions like that based on something like what is popular," she added. "Each story has its own ideal way to be told, and the story will tell you what it is."
So keep this in mind as you write. Following a trend isn't just about writing vampire stories or not. It's about the way that you tell your story as well. Just because Wimpy Kid made Jeff Kinney a millionaire doesn't mean you should write a story with stick figures littered throughout. And just because 3rd person is the norm for middle grade, doesn't mean I'll be automatically rejected for writing in 1st.
At least I hope not! I'll keep you posted :)