Claire Rosemary Jane, children's
author and Kids on the Net Advisor, suggests:
My first piece of advice, is to both young and old,
children and adults alike, and it is to say that you are never
too young OR too old, to make a start.
Secondly, the writing world is VERY VERY competitive,
so you must be prepared and able to take your work being
rejected often, and to not take it personally.
Thirdly, write for the joy of writing.
Someone, somewhere, may well be interested in what you have
Fourthly, ideally write about something
that you at least know something about. If you don't
know some of the facts, research the information
you need carefully. There are many sources from which to obtain
this sort of information, of which the internet is one, but
do not overlook your local library as a useful source of information.
I have spent many hours combing through books in libraries for
factual information for my stories. And don't overlook your
school as a source of information. That is one reason why you
go there, to find out about things which will be important to
you later in life.
Fifthly, to read is good, and most
writers will emphasise this, but additionally take an
interest in many things, places you visit and so on.
I have some amazing stories about how I have come across ideas
for stories. My very short story, "Katie's Pencil" written on
an American train especially for a girl on that train called
Katie is just one example. (If you want to know more about this
story, email me and ask!)
And finally, don't be afraid to have a go.
And if you are a child or a teenager, despite what it says above
on this page, please feel free to email me for advice, I will
reply if I possibly can. My email address can be found on my
own website which can be reached by clicking on this link: http://clairerosemaryjane.com/
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