Advice for Teen Writers

August 12th, 2008 • Kate

I’ve had occasion in the last few days to recommend this brilliant article by Jon Scalzi to several writers, and figured it was worth sharing with all. It’s a few years old, so you may have seen it already, but it’s a practically timeless piece of advice on writing for teenage writers. An excerpt:

The fact that your writing sucks now only means that your writing sucks right now. If you keep working on it it’ll very likely get better… and then comes the day that you write something that really doesn’t suck. You’ll know it when it happens and then you’ll get why all that time banging out stuff that sucked was worth it: because it’s made you a writer who doesn’t suck anymore.
So don’t worry that your writing sucks right now. “Suck” is a correctible phenomenon.

Well worth reading. I feel like Meg Cabot also had some brilliant advice for young writers, but I couldn’t find the specific bit of it I was looking for on her blog. If anyone has better luck in searching her archives and helping me find what I’m oh-so-vaguely describing, please share it in the comments!

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5 Responses to “Advice for Teen Writers”

  1. jeanoram Says:

    Um, what if we aren't teens anymore and feel like our writing may still have a 'suckage' element to it? Does that feeling ever really go away?
    I think the advice for young writers you were looking for on Meg's page may have been this bit in her FAQs: (scrool down). It is called "What Advice Do You Have To Give To Aspiring Writers?" (We can be 'old' in Megland. Yes!) I like the tip about not being a hundred dollar bill. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. jeanoram Says:

    Dang, I meant 'scroll' down, not 'scrool' down. I guess that's what a person does when they've had too much to drink and they go surf the net…not to say I drink and blog comment, because well, that would just be wrong.

  3. Crystal Card Says:

    What if you're a teen writer who is pretty sure that her writing doesn't suck because a publisher has already considered publishing her manuscript? The only problem, the minute publishers find out you're 14 they run like scared little puppy dogs with their tails between their legs. Ugh, being a teen sucks!

  4. Caryn Caldwell Says:

    Just got a chance to look at this link. Thanks for posting it. I know several teenagers who love to write; I'll have to share this with them.

  5. Kaitlyn Says:

    Yes, I know my writing isn't as advanced as it could be or it will be, but I'm pretty sure it can be published and sold. Besides, my book isn't about teenagers or even a book for teens. But now I'm discouraged and it's all your fault. But I'll prove you wrong. Look out for Kaitlyn on Optah.