Teen Thursday - Teens are So Write On!

Yesterday, we spotlighted the RAISIN RODRIGUEZ series by Judy Goldschmidt. But what you might not know about Judy is that, in addition to being an amazing writer, she's also a crazy-talented editor who has worked on many of your favorite series (in fact, she was one of the original creators of the A-List series). 

As you can imagine, she's a great person to talk to about all aspects of writing, and I'm not the only one who thinks so - Judy currently blogs over at Miss Literati, giving writing advice, tips, and even prompts and assignments for aspiring teen writers. Personally, I wish something like Miss Lit had been around when I was a (much) younger writer!

If you're a teen looking to find a writing community, definitely head over to Miss Literati and see about setting up a profile. You can send Judy questions and with any luck, she'll pick yours for her column. But in the meantime, here are some tips she shared with me especially for the Contemps: 

Read as much as you possibly can and write everyday. At least in your journal if nothing else. Also, writing in the style of some of your favorite authors helps you find your own voice, believe it or not. Writing involves a lot of creative borrowing.

I totally agree on both points - emulating someone else's style is a great way to flex one's own creative muscles. And often we forget that, as writers, READING is actually part of the job!

Now, excuse me while I go back to work - curling up with a book, that is...


Melissa Walker said...

I love it that reading counts as work. Yay! Judy is great.

Micol Ostow said...

Reading TOTALLY counts as work! One of my fave quotes from Stephen King - "If you don't have time to read, you don't have time to write."

Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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