Top 10 tips for young writers
Jamie Yorke is more than just a PE teacher at TK, he’s also a prolific writer who has several books under his belt. If you want to be a published author just like him or one of our very talented student authors, here are his top tips:
- Passion: Write about things you are passionate about! If you love what you are writing about, you will likely love writing.
- Get comfortable: Find your comfort zone when writing. Some people like to write with music in the background, others need a quiet spot.
- Have a plan of attack! Are you writing a short story, a simple reflection, or just the start to a series of stories?
- Be brave: Share your stories. Don’t be sensitive. Ask for feedback, accept feedback, modify your story to incorporate feedback.
- Edit, edit, edit! Review your work. You will be surprised how many mistakes you will find before even sharing it with others. Take pride in your work.
- Be creative! Think about ways to make the reader excited about your writing. Try different writing styles.
- Add juicy words! Descriptive words will bring your story to life.
- Bring your characters to life. Give the reader a reason to care about them. Think about your audience. Will they care or connect to your writing?
- Have a sizzling beginning. Start your story with an action sequence or something that will get the reader's attention quickly and make them want to read more.
- Read more and write more! Good writers should read a lot and good readers should write a lot. They are deeply interconnected. They go hand in hand.
Good advice, Jamie. We hope your tips can help more of our aspiring young writers at CIS get published!