I've been telling stories pretty much my whole life. I wrote down my first stories at age six, and my first "Chapter book" at age nine. Since that little "Chapter" book I've not been able to stop writing and my books have been thankfully getting better (hopefully?) as I get older.
That said, here is a list of things I wish I knew as an ambitious young writer. If you are a young writer--take heart! And if you happen to know a young writer, feel free to share this with them. They're not alone! :)
- It might take a while for your writing to be publishing-ready. That's alright--it's something to work towards.
- You will probably look back years down the road and cringe at what you wrote now... But don't get discouraged, because right now is excellent time for lots of practice. You'll be glad for it later.
- You will sometimes feel inadequate. However, that is no reason to quit--never, ever, ever give up.
- Sometimes people will laugh at you, or say things which will be discouraging or hurtful. It doesn't matter. Let those times make you stronger.
- It's good to have a plan and some clear goals. Stop writing in twelve books at once. You will not write as well if you are spread too thin. Get a notebook and write all your story ideas down as you get them and pick the ones you like best to work on. Most likely down the road, you won't even be excited at your "super amazing" idea. ;)
- It's ok to say No sometimes. Just because you love writing doesn't mean you have to do any and all writing related projects for other people.
- Use strong verbs and fewer adverbs.
- Don't feel like something is wrong if you don't always write by the book, or like other good authors, or the way people expect. Writing style rules are great, but don't let it overshadow your storytelling voice.
- Yes, you're a little crazy. And that's ok.
- Keep at it. You will make mistakes, I can pretty much promise you. But don't let it get you down! Get back up and keep on going.
Well, those are the ten things I wish I knew when I was younger and starting to write! How about you all? What would you share with your younger self now, if you could? Leave a comment below telling me what that would be!
You all have a lovely day.
P.S. I'm on Goodreads now, so don't forget to check it out! (The button is on the side bar!) I'm posting reviews on books I've read, quizzes for Wind Chimes (and in the future, my other books), and answering any questions you all have! :)