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.
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