Have you ever had an idea for a story pop into your head and tug at your mind until you write it down? Have you ever loved a story so much you wanted to create one just like it? I have, many times. Those are two of the things that drove me to start writing.
If you’re a beginning writer or even thinking about writing, here are my favorite tips for young writers. I could really write a whole post or series of posts on each point, but I’ll keep it brief. : )
I know this is the one thing everyone tells you when you start getting interested in writing, but it’s so true. Without reading the types of things you’re interested in writing, your writing won’t be as good as it could be.
Another great thing to do is check out books about how to write from your library. Some libraries will have writing books specifically for kids. Although not all of the writing books I’ve checked out have been fantastic, I’ve read several that have really helped me.
Another obvious tip, but if you want to be a writer, you have to, well, write. If you’re having trouble starting, some books and websites have writing prompts that may inspire you. Write as often as you can. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing or where you’re writing – I find journaling helpful. Even writing about something as simple as your day can help your writing improve over time.
3. Find a Writing Partner.
This one may not be necessary in the beginning, but I always feel more motivated to write if I’ve told a fellow writer that I am. Also, if you have a writing partner, you can read over each others work. Although this seems terrifying, it’s actually really helpful to have someone else look at your story. I’m actually really bad at this. I don’t like giving anyone my writing, so I can’t say anything about this ; )
4. Write What You Love.
If you’re writing about something you hate or are even just uninterested in, you aren’t going to be very motivated to continue. Find something you are passionate about and write about it! The difference will show in your writing.
5. Don’t Give Up.
This may be the most important thing to remember. Even if you feel like your writing is horrible and worthless, don’t give up. Put it aside for a while and then come back to it. Keep going. When you’ve come upon a really hard section of your story… don’t give up. Keep on no matter what, and you’ll come out a stronger writer in the end.
Zane Jones is a fifteen-year-old reader, writer, Christian, and old soul. She’s the author of many stories she hopes to publish, although most of her early efforts will never see the light of day. She loves historic dance, reenacting, blogging, and eating dark chocolate. You can find her on her blog Simple Impossibilities chattering about the things she’s passionate about.