04 June, 2018

Young Writers

So I finally have the blog upgrade. It took a long time only because I wasn't sure how I wanted to design it, so I worked with someone after they told me they have an idea of how I should design it. No, I am still not done finishing the coding part of fixing it. It's slow because I am doing things on a phone.

Anyway, I did say I wanted to post about young writers since I am a young writer. After reading other posts and articles about us, I wanted to discuss this. Well, I don't feel as young as people treat me. I learned once you start saying, "When I was younger..." That's a sign you are old. I do remember growing up in the 90's. For some reason, people still think I should still be considered as a child.

Being a young writer has its perks, some perks, but mostly struggles. First, I read how young writers may find it easier to write about teens and young adults, because that's what we are. We have an advantage because we don't have to do extra research in order to know how young people think and how they behave. After some research, I picked up the habit that I do mostly write about teens and young adults, around my age.

However, I did read one piece, advising writers to not only use teens and young adults in their books, but they should use also older characters. I mean, main characters or the POV. I considered their advice, and I tried by using characters that are at least 30 years old. I have parent POVs too, where obviously the parent is the point of view of this story. Well, these are just characters who have children, a family. Mostly, I write about teens and young adults though. My first project, the Fantasy series, it begins with a character who is 24 years old, then the other characters are teens. I mean, the most important main characters in the story. There are lots of important characters in this story though.

The personal struggle is how young writers are seen by older writers and older professionals. No, no one is defined by other's comments, but constant comments of being put down can be a problem. I mean, it becomes a problem when we have to always prove ourselves; I mean work three times as hard in order for agents, editors, publishers and other people to even consider our work. I think because most people assume young writers couldn't meet deadlines when they arrive, as soon as difficulties come, we'll immediately give up. Plus, there's the dedication to researching for books most assume young writers won't and can't do.

When I was writing, my greatest inspiration was Christopher Paolini, the author of Eragon in the Inheritance Cycle series. My mother encouraged me to learn more about him when I struggled with being a teen writer. I remember reading, if I am not wrong him publishing at the age of 19, but I read recently this project he worked on at the age of 15. This was really the only writer who I felt was more relevant to me. I looked to him as an inspiration to keep going, and not listen to the "professionals" who tried telling me because I was a teenager, there's no way I can be published.

I remember this particular guy who was saying agents and publishers are not going to take me seriously, and they would basically eat me alive. People my age have no place in the writing industry, assuming only because of my age, I didn't understand anything. I was 13 at the time. I grew to have a thicker skin when it comes to comments. Now I feel numb to all comments. That was just an example of what young writers go through. I know I have seen some young writers who seemed like writing was more like a pastime more than a career, had difficulties being committed and I have seen strange stories. The most bizarre one I ran across online was a story about rainbow pooping unicorns taking over the world. However, these struggles wasn't any different than older upcoming writers.

I have read about older writers and their time management, and how they have to juggle with lots of responsibilities pretty much. That's where young writers can have an advantage, but not entirely. We still have things to do, but perhaps our responsibilities are cut in half. Maybe. You do still have school, chores, jobs and whatever else we may do. Particularly, most people assume homeschoolers can freely do whatever we want, but that's not the case. In fact, homeschoolers are given even more work and we never get breaks like those who go to public school. But for me, I went a step further in my education and was going to college the entire time. Plus, I was being trained as a nurse, later I became a PCA. As soon as I began training, I started work as someone who provides home health services to people. So, I did have a lot to do, but nonetheless, I was committed to my writing. I was serious and I never gave up on publishing.

I wish there can be more writers publishing as a teen and young adult.    

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