NOTE: A young writer recently asked me if it was possible for him to get published, this one is for him.
Dear Young Writer,
You may feel that because you’re so young that your dream of becoming a published author is as big as the Milky Way and so far out of your reach that you’d have to cross a galaxy to achieve it. I am here to tell you that you can hold that dream in the palm of your hand, that it is possible.
How do I know this? Because I was once you and I have met my dream of being an author.
Don’t think about your age or the score of people also hoping to publish their books. Instead, focus on writing and learning your craft. Write while you wait for the bus. Write in class after you get all of your work done. Write at home. Write before bed. Write everywhere, all the time.
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And read. Read books in the genres you enjoy the most. Read books with the same topics as what you’re writing about. Read books about writing. This last one is especially important, because if you study and take notes about the craft of writing, editing and publishing, you’ll have an easier time with all of them.
When I was young and struggling, on the cusp of depression, I would tell myself this: “The universe would not have given me these story ideas if I wasn’t meant to publish them.”
And I believe the same for all writers. I believe the same for you.
So when you feel that publishing is impossible say to yourself, “I would not have these story ideas if I wasn’t meant to publish them.” And believe it with all your might. Feel it in the marrow of your bones.
YOU WILL BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR.
IT IS POSSIBLE!
QUESTION: How old were you when you started writing?
I was twelve but I became a serious writer at seventeen.
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