I typically write nonfiction for adults and fiction or nonfiction for very young children. I have never written a fiction piece for an older crowd, be it YA or Adult. I have an idea for a piece and I started on it several months ago. I put it aside because I can see my weaknesses and strengths clearly. I am great at nonfiction, not so great at fiction. I still love the story idea and would like to get it out there.
I began thinking about how I could use my strengths to tell the story and do so in a way that would overshadow my weaknesses. First person keeps coming to mind, but first person can be a hairy way to write. It works great for nonfiction, but I am not sure I could pull it off for fiction.
Then I came up with a scenario that may allow me to write in first person and still tell the story in a way that would be engaging while pulling on the strengths I have with nonfiction. The Diary of Anne Frank is in first person and it is nonfiction. It is intriguing for many reasons but we are still reading the thoughts of someone and finding ourselves inside her head.
The story that I am considering could be altered and told through a diary scenario. In fact, I think it might be the best way to tell it. Have you ever written in this style before? Do you think a fiction piece written in a diary style would sell to a YA or adult audience?