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Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

Let’s talk about teen writers. Let’s talk about the proliferation of advice for teens who write that has come with the realisation that we actually exist, thanks to the internet. Let’s talk about a fundamental thing they get wrong. Every piece of advice I’ve read for teen writers has made some good points, but done it in such a condescending and patronising way that I’ve refused to acknowledge it simply as a matter of principle. Many of the articles are…

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Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

I’ve recently been reading Monkeys With Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas which, for those who haven’t come across it, is a book about writing fiction and how stories work and it’s basically brilliant. I really enjoyed it and I think I learned a lot. (Now to buy my own copy and highlight it and scribble all over it and stick post-it notes in it…) One of the things she gets a reader to do is to fill in a matrix which includes things…

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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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And We’re Wondering Why We Do This

And We’re Wondering Why We Do This

(Title is a Frank Turner lyric. Of course. I actually wrote an alternative version of this post that is, like, Frank Turner themed. You can find it here.) Okay, two things need to be said before I start this Teens Can Write Too! blog chain post. Firstly, John Hansen was kind enough to swap days with me because he and I were both on Twitter when he was writing his post (a day early for his time zone) and I…

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I Would Say I’m Weird But I’m Not

I Would Say I’m Weird But I’m Not

I often complain to those who know me well that my sister is very scathing and dismissive of a lot of what I do on the internet and frequently makes comments about my blog right when I’m not really in the right mood to answer her politely or even coherently, and so I’m taking quite a risk writing this as there’s about an 80% chance she’ll read it. However, some of what she says does have substance to it. Often she’s…

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