I got up before the sun yesterday to talk to a group of bright and aspiring young authors. They asked some great, insightful questions, and I loved seeing their enthusiasm for writing!
It got me thinking about when I was back in middle school, constantly writing and composing stories, but always behind closed doors. I was so terrified to let anyone see what I had written. I was certain that it would be smirked at and patronized. Even with the encouragement of my fabulous parents and an incredible teacher, I wasn’t ready to make the leap into letting my words out of my hands.
Fast forward to today. I’m an adult (so they tell me), and I’m getting a book published. I have a lot more connections in the publishing world, and I’ve obviously gotten over my inability to show my work to people, though it’s still a little terrifying.
And you know what? Young authors are some of my favorite people in the world. I love reading blogs from high school and middle school writers. I love talking to these young adults (yes, they are young adults, not just kids) and seeing the world through their eyes. I love their boldness and their timidity and their talent and their eagerness. There is so much to be learned from them.
You young authors out there, can you do me a favor? Don’t be afraid to let your light shine. Get involved. Talk to authors. Go to conferences. Write a blog. Show off your work. Inspire the world. Be amazing! Because I promise you, you are amazing. If you ever doubt it, come talk to me. I’ll set you straight.
How have young authors inspired you?
For some reason, I never shied from showing off my work. Looking back at some of it, I can’t help but think, “Why did I reveal this… this… crap?!?” but I loved showing others what I’d done.
I’ve just recently started following the blog of a young writer who’s fourteen and publishing her first book, and reading what she writes… I’m so excited for her. It’s awesome!
That’s awesome that you had that kind of confidence in your work. Can you send me a link to that blog? I’d love to check it out!
Most of the young authors that I know happen to be friends of mine or fellow bloggers around my age. It’s really cool, because at the same time you’re both learning and cheering each other on in your endeavors.
Also, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award 🙂 Here is the post: http://kaleiyahp.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/one-lovely-blog-award/ I’ve found your writing tips very helpful and look forward to reading more (as well as hopefully carve out some time to participate in your weekly challenge 🙂 ).
Thank you so much! I enjoyed reading your post and learning a bit more about you. And I’d love to see what you come up with for the weekly challenge if you find yourself with the time! 🙂