1. Reading is one of the best ways to grow as a writer. I read constantly growing up and I still try to fit as much in as I possibly can. Books are adventures, where you learn so much about characters, dialogue, plots and more. Oh... And when you meet someone who has been on that same "adventure" as you, it's almost like you're already friends.
2. Your ideas are valuable. When I was fifteen I went through a lot of self-doubt in the writing category. I wondered why anyone would want to read my books...how could they ever stand up and shine with so many other books crowding around it? But my mum encouraged me to pray about writing, telling me that what the Lord put on my heart wasn't something to give up on. After a lot of soul-searching, I had peace and I knew she was right. You have important things to say, and nobody can tell it just like you can. ;)
3. When something goes wrong, try again. I was sixteen when I lost my two WIPs in a computer glitch. I was heartbroken! I knew I couldn't ever rewrite it the way it was, and I was soo disappointed because those were the books I had planned to publish. Well, my mum was there for me and told me that I just needed to keep on going. One of those previous WIPs is on its third rewrite now and destined for print sometime in the relative future, and the other is still not rewritten and is only a notebook in my Evernote for a possible idea someday. Sure, it's frustrating when things don't go as you planned... But it's not the end of the world! You can still do it.
Well, those are the three things I've been thinking of today. I'd love to know your thoughts! Please don't hesitate to write a comment below! :)
You all have a lovely day!