by Hayley Clark, Age 12, Canada
When I first started writing, everything was hard for me. I had no idea where or how to start. I realized my writing was not getting any better. It never made any sense, and every time I edited, it just got worse and worse. I felt alone like I was the only one going through this problem.
I started to believe that my writing would never get any better. I thought every writer was born knowing exactly how to write a great story. I thought that writers did not learn through hours of work, learning and experience so I dropped the idea of becoming a writer.
Later, I came across this website: laurathomascommunications.com, a website for young writers. This inspired me to start writing again. So I put all my effort into becoming the great writer that I knew one day I could become.
This is what I did…
I studied writing. I went to writing conferences. I bought Polly Wants to be a Writer and a whole bunch of other books on writing. I educated myself on how to write and edit and how a literary dragon works. I learned about cutting out unwanted words. I also read books on starting out as a writer and places young writers like me could get published.
I wrote and read a lot. Another thing I did was write as much as I could. I carried a notebook everywhere with me so I could write down any idea that popped into my head. And, I always had a book with me. I read more than ever. In order to be able to write good writing, I knew I would have to read good writing first.
I experienced and observed life. Another thing I did to improve my writing was observe people. I knew this would help me improve because it taught me how people act and speak. I observed people and overheard snippets of conversations. I talked to different people and wrote about something based on what they said or did. I wrote stories about inanimate objects and played around with different points of view.
At some point you may meet a moment in your writing career when you realize your writing is not as good as you would like. That is not a bad thing it just means you have the power to become a better writer with more powerful words than you have today.
Remember not to give up.