The other day, my local library was doing an event for young writers. I walked in, just to return some books, and was delighted to meet and interact with some of the young writers in my area. As I met them, I saw so much potential. These were the future writers of the next generation. The future JK Rowlings, Stephen Kings, and Meg Cabots. I want to dedicate today’s blog post to them and to other young writers around the world. I can’t wait to buy and read your future books.
So, let’s dive in to today’s blog post. A lot of writers actually start writing at a young age. I can remember scribbling stories back and forth with a friend in high school. Our “book” was a folder with prongs and looseleaf paper. Looking back, the story wasn’t that great and the plot was weak, but we use to entertain our friends for hours with our creations and we dreamed of sharing future novels with the entire world and seeing our books in bookstores across the country.
Sadly, I’m no longer in contact with that friend, but year after year, young writers continue to pop up and share with us their words and their experiences. Let’s face it. Writing is already hard, but to write while navigating school, puberty, and sports can be overwhelming! The good news is, its not impossible, and I have three pieces of advice that hopefully will make this stressful time a little easier.
-Be Patient and Prioritize: It is very rare and very hard to get famous overnight. Many authors put in years of hard work before they’re “discovered.” Be realistic and set realistic goals. If you plan to play sports or you want to join a busy club in school, give yourself a year or two to finish your book instead of three months. If you have a part-time job in addition to school, try to devote an hour at most to your novel a day, or plan to only work on it on your days off. Don’t burn yourself out, and put your education first. If you want to give something up for your dream, pay attention to how many hours you spend playing video games, watching YouTube, or hanging out with friends. Can you cut back on those things and replace that time with working on your novel?
-Read and Write More: If your dream is to make writing a full-time career one day, you’re probably already reading and writing. Do more and branch out. Make use of writing prompts and read different genres. Keep a “writing” journal and start brainstorming story ideas, characters, and worlds on the go. Educate yourself. Instead of only reading fiction books, check out some books on the craft of writing and try to apply what you learn to your own writing. Also, don’t forget the power of the Internet. Read blog articles for writing tips and inspiration, and if you have a parent or guardian’s permission, engage in writing chats and contests.
-Keep at it: There’s a quote that says what comes easy won’t last long and what lasts long won’t come easy. Use the time you have now to develop a writing habit and improve your writing skill. Practice always makes perfect. This doesn’t mean you need to write everyday, but write often and don’t give up if setbacks occur. Maybe, due to schoolwork or extracurricular activities, you can’t write for a semester. That’s okay. Use that time to read writing craft books, read writing advice blogs, or watch writing advice YouTube videos. Then, when you have more free time to write again, start writing.
I hope this blog post was helpful for any young writers that read my blog. If you have any other questions or additional tips, please leave them in the comments down below!