Writing Advice for Teens: What Not to Do to be Great in Writing

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Ideas that Teenage Writers Can Use in Stories

Anyone who has ever been great once failed at what they do.

Take J.K Rowling as an example. It took her quite some time before she was able to finish her book, only to get rejected twelve times! Yet, look at her now. Harry Potter has since become a favorite published book of all time and has earned her more than 400 million dollars.
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The point here is young writers, like you, have a lot of skills to hone and sharpen. So now is not the right time to ask about the quality of your work. Your writing will not be as good as two, five, or eight years from now, but if you want to be a good writer, you have to keep writing.


Don’t let the week pass without reading a book.

This is a no-brainer, yet remains one of the most important pointers to follow if you want to become a better writer. Read beyond your biology, mathematics, or history books. Read everything you can get your hands on, or what adds to your creativity and energy. If something catches your attention, may it be a quote, a phrase, or a paragraph, save it or write it down on your notebook.

Don’t be afraid to explore other forms in writing.

While you love writing a short story (and could actually do it all day), it is important to discover other forms of writing too. It can be a poem, song, biography, or novel—the important thing is that you have picked a path to take.
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Don’t allow anyone to discourage you from writing.

Say a friend of yours said that your writing sucks, or that you are not going anywhere with merely writing books. Yet you just got more passionate and obsessed with what you do—pay attention to that. It is important that you are drawn into something regardless of what other people say. If it sparks your enthusiasm and energy, it means that you could be great at it.

Don’t be intimidated by criticisms.

Get writing help from a mentor. Mentors can speed up your growth through offering constructive criticisms and identifying your strengths and weakness. Great mentors are the ones who will clear things out for you when things get confusing.

So how do you choose your mentor? He or she doesn’t need to be famous to be able to give you feedback on your work, could be your English teacher, your school paper’s editor, a published author, or a legitimate publishing company. Once you find them, learn the best you can.


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