by Yasmin Zadunaisky, Age 12, Canada
Artwork by Lucy Zhang
I love talking about writing. It’s so much fun to just sit down and talk about stereotypes, my favourite books, different genres, anything.
Sometimes I talk to my writer friends about a new opportunity or contest that is available. It’s just a normal conversation, but it sometimes gets me down.
I always end up saying to a friend: “What do you mean you’re not good enough? At least try!”
That is the sad truth when it comes to most writers. They don’t think they’re good enough to make it in the business. Most people don’t realize that they have nothing to lose by trying.
Today I was talking to my best friend. (She’s not a writer, but this story does apply.) At our school, it’s track and field season, and we were trying out for high jump. She told me that there was no way she’d make it on the team since she landed on top of the bar last year. I spoke up and said, “You can make it if you try! Have confidence that you can!”
Why am I always so confident, you ask?
There were times when I thought to myself: “I’ll make it. I can win!” and guess what; it happened. And how about all those times I didn’t think that? Let’s just say I wasn’t even close.
You always have to take that chance and persevere as a writer. There may be bumps in the road, but you can always get somewhere if you put your mind to it. It’s the easiest way to almost guarantee your win. Just think that you will!
However, if this tactic doesn’t work the first time, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying!
So there you have it––a tactic to get you excited, confident, and ready to present your writing anytime you get the chance. This will also make you happier with yourself. Don’t be afraid to use this with something else that doesn’t have to do with writing! Confidence pays off with anything and everything.
I hope that after reading this you will feel more confident in your abilities as a writer. You’re still young; you have time to make it. And if you’re older, it’s never too late to start. Just remember that no matter who you are, confidence is the very first thing you need to make it.
Yasmin says: “I am a twelve year old writer from Canada. I have already contributed two other articles to jaBlog! and I am writing two novels which I hope to publish.”