A Teen Asked Me for Writing Advice
I had the chance to talk to some high school classes in January. Several students asked questions after the class ended. I gave the students my email address in case I didn't get to answer their questions.
One student emailed me asking for advice. I sent an email with lots of blog links and online resources. This student writes science fiction/fantasy. Here is the first response I sent:
DEAR (omitting his name),
This young man emailed me again to thank me for the links. Then, he asked, "Is there anything you can personally advise?"
I must admit that I sat there for a minute, scratching my head. Hmm....what exactly should I say? You'll want to quit but don't. This is harder than it looks. There will be days when you want to throw the manuscript in the trash and go back to watching television and hanging out with friends and doing nothing.
I didn't want to say all those things.
Instead, my second email response advised him to join a writing and/or critique group. I told him that family, friends, and teachers may be supportive, but other writers are the best support system you can have for this journey. I offered to help him find one. Maybe I'll get to do that. I hope so.
I'd like to give a special shout-out to all the writers who have helped me along the way. I appreciate you all.
Today's post is a regular one that you see the first Wednesday of each month. It's part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group founded by Alex Cavanaugh. If you'd like to find out more about joining, click HERE to visit Alex's blog. He's the author of Cassa Star and Cassa Fire as well as being a super-nice blogger.