I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE

by MAUREEN
(SOUTH AFRICA)

Question: I LIKE AND LOVE WRITING BUT SOMETIMES I RUN OUT OF IDEA SAND I DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START I WOULD LIKE TO PERSUE A CAREER IN WRITING.I ALSO LIKE READING NOVELS AND POEMS.I HAVE FIGURED OUT I WNT TO WRITE ABOUT MOTIVATIONAL SHORT STORIES AND POEMS AND I ALREADY HAVE MY OWN POEMS IM 16 YEARS OF AGE AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW CAN I TAKE MY PASSION TO THE NEXT STEP


Answer: First, not to be petty, but could you please turn of the "caps lock" button on your keyboard. There's no need to shout. Also, a spellcheck might help.

Next, you're already off to a great start by reading and writing. Keep doing both of these a lot. At the same time, you can save a lot of trial and error by reading books on writing (try your local library) or taking writing classes and workshops (depending where you live). There is also a lot of information online today (including this site).

When you feel ready, show your writing to others. Perhaps you can find some professional writers willing to give you feedback, or a local writers club or critique group. You could even start one at your school.

Once you find you are getting consistently good feedback from knowledgeable people (or even sooner) look for opportunities to share your work with a wider audience. Maybe you could start with a student, church, or local newspaper, or enter a poetry contest (look for ones that don't charge a hefty fee).

You can look for professional work when you feel you're ready and when people you trust agree with you. It's not easy breaking in. But you're young and have time.

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