by Kenzie Banner, Age 16, USA
Since my Mom bought me Elsie’s Endless Wait at the age of ten, I have always loved telling stories and listening to them. I find stories in almost everything—in the old man holding a “Help needed” sign beside the intersection; the cashier at Target with yellow, cat-like eyes; the little, blond boy sitting alone on the park bench; the overly quiet classmate at the bus’s rear; even the laughing celebrity on TV. Although I yearn to write their stories, I am reminded that maybe someone else does not want to read about them. It’s then that I get lost in other people’s expectations.
As a writer I have discovered that when I begin to write from authors’ plot-lines or readers’ expectations, I lose sight of what really matters. Writing is not about pleasing other people. It is about telling the story inside you that has to get out.
I have read many books that seem to be a knock-off of The Hunger Games, Gallagher Girls, or Divergent series. When I read them, they slide off of me like water, leaving me uncaring about a character’s demise or the last heart-beat of the story. From what I have seen, when an author tells a tale they do not utterly believe in, then the characters and plot hold no interest to their beholder.
If you are an aspiring author, I encourage you to write what you enjoy. Because if you can not convince others that you love the story which you wove, then no one will care to take the time to read it.
The best writing is not created by an amazing imagination. It is made when a person speaks from their soul, using their emotions to express things words cannot convey.
Stories are all around you. Find the one you can dance to.
Kenzie Banner is a 16 year old writer from the state of Oklahoma in the USA. Kenzie writes, “I have two amazing parents and nine siblings who keep me on my toes at all times. I am an avid reader who loves to write her own tales of woe.”
Thank you so much for publishing my article. It really means a lot to me. Also, thank you for all the advice you have given me through your blog, which has helped me in so many ways. – Kenzie