If there’s one thing I picked up at uni this semester (to help with my writing), it’s this. Get out.

When I was in high school, I was kind of a hermit. Like yeah, I had a couple of friends and that, but I spent so much of my free time behind the screen of my laptop. I’d write before school, during classes, at lunch breaks, in the afternoons and well into the early hours of the morning. And repeat. I missed out on so much else.

To write well, you gotta write what you know (to some extent). To describe how you feel when you’re skydiving, or what it’s like to ice skate for the first time, or what being in a certain country is like, you’ve got to get out there and experience it for yourself. Immerse yourself in your writing in every way you can.

I grew up in Australia, so when I decided I wanted to go to Scotland for university, that was already a new experience under my belt. I participated in so many new things, I got to experience new and different emotions. I always said yes to things and got to see and learn so much. If I had decided to stay in my flat and write all day and night, I wouldn’t have been able to have all this new knowledge.

A lot of teen writers rush to get their work done and want to get their books published before they’re even out of high school, and my one word of advice is: don’t! Don’t rush, take your time, get outside and experience some new things. There’s no time limit on when you can get your book out into the world, so do everything you can to make it your best. Writing happens beyond the computer screen as well.

Iva

(P.S. sorry for disappearing for so long XD)

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  • Great post and I get what you mean. I’m homeschooled, and although I love it to bits and love writing about it, there are only so many characters I can shove into the homeschooling world, if you get what I mean 😀 I’ve been remedying that slowly by interrogating my public schooled friends about how their day goes, what common ‘school’ things are, and things like that, but I know I may never really get the whole idea of it…. (maybe I’ll crash a high school one day and watch creepily, lol)

      • Well, my Dad was really interested in the whole idea that we could learn at our own pace and choose what we learned. Of course I still have to learn math, science, and English and finish at a recognized high school level, but it gives me so much freedom to learn whatever history I would like, learn about government and money management, get hands on help from my mom and have so much more time for interests like art and writing. Also, Mom was a new Christian at the time when Dad was looking into homeschooling. She was utterly against it at first because she was never sure about her academic skills and she fought it whenever something came up about homeschooling, but in this case God won out after multiple instances that she started warming up to the idea. Now I’m free to learn about Christian based sciences and not have to deal with drama or danger, although we have nothing against the public system, at all. In fact my mom asked me recently if I wanted to join my friend at her high school, but I decided I did not want to enroll in the system because I’m a grade ahead in school and the public system has a thing with ‘keeping kids with their age group’ even though all my friends are at least a year older. Hey, what can I say? Homeschoolers don’t care…there’s not enough of us to, lol. Sorry for the long answer….’tis a long story and there’s a lot more to it, but it’s the cut version (aka, I’m long winded, lol)

  • I guess you have a point. I always try rushing my story and it never really works out. I just feel this strange need to publish by the time I’m out of highschool, because with my current mentality I feel like if I don’t publish as a “teen” then I’ve been wasting all of my time. It’s really frustrating.

  • In eighth grade I was the only new kid in a different school and I was too nervous to even make friends. I would write in notebooks all the time, and kept my distance from people. There were times when I’d be working on my story and I’d think, “How would most kids like me act in this situation?” And I didn’t really know… But high school has been an amazing way for me to get out of my shell. You’re right. Getting experience is VERY helpful in writing 🙂

    Hope you’re enjoying uni! Glad to see you again 😉

  • I really distanced myself from friends for a different reason a year ago, and I could see the feedback in my writing as well. It was strange, reading my own writing and hearing how un-lifelike it sounded. My characters were less detailed, my plots made less sense, and I had an annoying habit of procrastination at the time. Regardless, now my characters are much better and I think a bit more about my plots before I write them. The procrastination one’s still coming slowly, but I think that happens for everyone. 🐨

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