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Understanding Teenagers

Understanding Teenagers

Recently, I was working on a writing project that needed me to sound like a fifteen-year-old girl and, despite having been one of those only a few years ago, I found it hard to be sure whether I was getting it at all right. How could I strike a balance between writing how I wanted to write, and writing how I would have sounded at that age? I’ve always had a relatively sophisticated writing style by virtue of writing so…

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A New Decade

A New Decade

I wasn’t a big fan of being a teenager. It meant people didn’t take me seriously, especially when it came to writing, and since I look younger than I am, I hated having that –teen suffix to emphasise it. Even so, the thought of turning twenty was mildly terrifying. It’s not a legal boundary the way eighteen or twenty-one is, but it seems like a big jump anyway. Yesterday was my birthday. I’m officially two decades old. I still look…

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100% Rebel Teen Writer

100% Rebel Teen Writer

After reading Susan Kaye Quinn’s post about her 15-year-old son’s writing and how she’s encouraged it and his forays into publishing, I started reflecting on how I would have turned out had my mother been a writer. And I’ve come to the only possible conclusion for anybody who knows me remotely well: I’d probably have ended up a mathematician. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But honestly? I can’t really imagine myself being a teen writer if my parents had been writers. I’ve…

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Is Poetry For Old People?

Is Poetry For Old People?

I’m a young writer. Well, up to a point. I’m young (17) and I write (novels being just one facet of that, this blog being another). Quite often, these two aspects of my existence are lumped together, and not in a good way. A ‘young writer’ means a ‘new writer’ or an ‘inexperienced writer’ or a ‘practising writer’ or even a ‘bad writer’. Never mind that people of any age can be a ‘new’ writer (and what counts as new?…

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Tainted By Allegory?

Tainted By Allegory?

J.R.R Tolkien didn’t like the Narnia books. He made this fairly clear. He and C.S. Lewis were pretty good friends, and they were both members of this group called the Inklings which, to be quite honest, is an AWESOME name. They used to read their work out loud and discuss it. But Tolkien got so fed up that he said he wouldn’t come any more until Lewis stopped reading the Narnia stories. He felt they were ‘tainted by allegory’. Basically,…

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A Thousand Lives Without Leaving Yours*

A Thousand Lives Without Leaving Yours*

Fellow writers, know this: you will never get to experience all of the things your characters experience. And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking thank goodness for that, since, you know, I write tragedies. But there is one major problem here. If you have no idea what it’s like to be in their situation, how are you meant to write about it? This is something I’ve thought about for a while because many people’s reason for discounting teenage writers is that…

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Young People These Days Have Got It Easy

Young People These Days Have Got It Easy

I don’t really get why people are so surprised when someone young produces something awesome, whether it’s a book or a piece of music or something completely different. There are plenty of precedents, after all – in the music world, you’ve got the obvious ones like Mozart, and then there’s Mendelssohn’s octet which he wrote when he was seventeen and which, according to the father-person, is an astonishing piece of music. (I’ve never heard it.) And there are plenty of…

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