for teen authors

When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.

–Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut was one of the most successful American authors of all time, and yet he knew how painful and slow writing can be!  So, my first piece of advice is to just write; get your thoughts and feelings down even if you think they’re not good enough.  You can look at your writing later to edit and revise.

Second, start acting like a writer.  Tell people you are an author.  Get friends, or teachers, or adults to read your work and give you feedback.  Read a lot in the genre you write. Send your work out to publishers and competitions.  Changing your mindset is huge.

And, if you love writing, don’t give up.  You have important things to say.  All of us are waiting to hear from you!

There are tons of resources for young writers seeking to get published. Here are just a few. If you know of one that should be on this list, please tell me at edclaflin(at), or on Facebook (Dawn Turner Claflin), or twitter (@dawnclaflin).

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Don’t give up! You don’t need to wait till you’re older to write. The world has a place for your voice, right now.