Just for the Sake of the Art

Sometimes, writing is what it is… an art rather than a process, an expression of creation…

 

The First Rule of Novel-Writing is Don’t Write a Novel

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Advice for a young writer

Invaluable advice!

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I was recently contacted by the mom of a very young writer (mid-teen) who asked for advice on how to get her very prolific daughter (has completed NanoWrimo 3 times already) connected (and hopefully published) in the writing world.

I put heads together with my friend Gina Rosati (my weekly kidnapper) and we came up with this response and I thought was information good enough for *any* beginning writer.

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Thank you for contacting me, I’m always happy to help another writer and how lucky you are to have a writer in the house!

First, you need to understand that I am a journalist/blogger and not a novelist (although I am working on a book but it’s a memoir) so novel writing is not my area of expertise. However, I do have a few suggestions:

Have your daughter talk to her librarian (both school and public) and take the initiative…

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Word of Advice

One of my favourite author, Monica McCarty has this to say to help young writers.

From what I can tell…

 Many feel the call, but few are chosen.

It is a dream-crushing and heart-breaking reality with which we must live.

Do what makes you happy. If writing does it, don’t give it up. Enjoy yourself, get better at your craft, and take a few risks once in a while.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Dream against all odds, laugh in the face adversity, and prove them all wrong.

Shine as bright as you can.