Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Write On, Teens!


I just heard about this on Miss Snark's First Victim's blog, and had to share. I'm not sure how many teens follow this blog. I should be so lucky, right? ;) But I'm always so amazed, and jealous of the things teens have these days that I would've killed for.

Industry blogs at my fingertips? Forums to connect with other writers, even other writers my own age. Fifteen years ago we teen writers were living in caves and scrawling in our spiral notebooks with *gasp* PEN! I know that sounds hard to believe, now that every family owns 3.8 computers (a statistic I just made up this second), but writing used to be a lonely business.

So if you're feeling lonely, young writers, know that others out there are lonely, or misunderstood, or just too smart for their own good. ;) There's no reason not to connect with others, learn, and grow as a writer. You'll have a head start that will not only help you improve as a writer, it may help you get published someday.

 So check it out today! If you're not a teen, tell one!

11 comments:

Candice said...

There is so much information out there these days. If somebody doesn't know how to get started in the industry they truly only have to read a few blogs. I never even used the internet until I was in college. Kind of hard to believe now that I rely on it so much. Today's teens have the world at their fingertips.

Amanda said...

I checked out the site yesterday. I'm thinking about showing it to our local HS English teacher. What a great idea!

Susan R. Mills said...

Yes, I wish I'd had resources like that when I was teen. It would have made a huge difference.

Melissa Gill said...

No kidding. It makes you wonder how we ever functioned without all the information, and to what heights we'll climb.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, awesome! I am going to add a link to this on my class blog and tell all of my students about it!! Thanks, Tere! :-)

Laura Marcella said...

I would've loved this back in the day! This is super awesome. I'm glad there are sites out there for young writers to embrace their passion for books and words.

Icy Roses said...

This is great. When I was younger, the first advice I read online about writing was teens don't have enough life experience to write. I don't remember who gave that advice, but he was clearly an idiot and stunted my desire to write for a long time. It is never too early to start writing.

Abby Annis said...

And some of us didn't have indoor plumbing or electricity in our caves... ;) Sorry, I couldn't resist. You know you love me, even if I am obnoxious. :)

Awesome resources available these days for teens and all writers. I can't imagine how hard this process must've been without the technology available today. Great post!

KLM said...

Still, isolation is part of a writer's lot in life. Connection can easily become distraction otherwise.

But, yes, I remember the days of having to mail off queries and sample pages. It was a huge pain, in addition to being expensive. And writer's forums/chat rooms/message boards? There were, like, 2 of them in existence.

Lynda Young said...

I still use a pen.. gasp.
But you are right: the resources today are amazing!

Charmaine Clancy said...

Magnificent resource, I can't wait to share it with a few of my special writing students at school. Thanks!