Right, so lately I’ve been dwelling a lot on the fact that I’m a teen writer. And for a lot of people, that’s not a good thing. In fact, some people even go so far as to say that teen writing sucks. See here to read an article about teen writing and its suckage.
Since I’m a teen, it makes sense for me to disagree with the author of the article. But I do have a basis with which to argue this: the internet. Because of the internet, young teen writers today have access to a vast amount of information they wouldn’t have been able to access ten or twenty years ago.
Because of the internet, I know what literary agents are. I know to show and not tell. I’ve collaborated with so many authors and writers online that my knowledge of writing has increased tenfold.
Not only that, but teen writers are getting published today. Here is a post made by a teen writer, listing some teen authors. And here is a post about a young Australian writer who published her novel Girl Saves Boy at age sixteen.
So no, teen writing does not suck. It’s getting better all the time. Here’s to you, the teen writers, for sticking with it. You deserve to know that if you’re dedicated and passionate about writing, you can write.
I think John Scalzi was wrong when he created an article about teen writing and why it sucks. I think he should have said, rather, that beginners’ writing sucks. Because that I will agree with – but many teens have written for years. I know I have. Singling out teens as the only ones whose writing sucks is deplorable.
Teens are getting published today. And one day, you could be one of them.