Today I thought I'd share some thoughts about transitioning from being a teen writer to being an adult writing for teens! Because I'm only twenty, I've spent most of my life as a teen writer. Now that I'm twenty, I no longer count as one, and that is an interesting thing to think about. I almost want to have a crisis about it, except I'd rather just take a nap.
I started writing when I was quite young, as discussed in this post. By the time I was twelve, I had finished my first two novels and was sending out to publishers (I hadn't quite figured out the agent thing yet). I'm one of those people you might like to call "obstinate." This is much of the reason why I'm still sending out. It also meant I was super passionate about kid writers getting taken seriously. I once got a rejection from a very big publisher stating that they don't accept children because they'll be ashamed of their work later. That's probably the worst rejection I've ever gotten. I was furious.
Teen writers really have a rough go of it. So many people look down on them. There are even articles out there stating why they shouldn't ever try for publication. I really think that's wrong. Writing is a very unique career, one that takes a lot of personal time and education, and making a serious try for it in your teens is actually a very cool thing to do. You get to learn about writing and publishing in a period of your life when your brain is highly conducive to learning, and you've got so much emotion and heart to put into it. Teen writers should be encouraged and taken as seriously as any other writer while they learn the ropes of the field.
Hello, readers! This week is Banned Books Week, in which the literary world celebrates the books most commonly banned from school and public libraries and/or otherwise protested by parents and related adultlike people.
This subject is a bit of a sensitive one, because I do believe that people should be careful what they read, particularly in terms of sexual content, and focus on positive and moral edification in their reading. However, I also believe that children should be given the chance to exercise their free will, because that's important for life. How else are they going to know how to do it? Not to mention, if you ban a specific book, the kid is gonna want to read it more than ever.
I once did that, when my mom told me I couldn't read this novel about anorexia. She was concerned about my mild obsession with the topic, which had a lot more to do with my psychology nerdness than wanting to be anorexic. I snuck it into the house and read it anyway, and it wasn't even that good either. (My interest in psychology was the only thing that ever got me in trouble when it came to reading as a kid; besides that book, my mom was upset to find that I was reading her parenting books because she thought I was trying to "discover her secrets" so that I could "act out against her." I just thought the stuff in the books was cool, LOL.)
Ultimately, many of the books that are commonly banned I think are okay, if not outright brilliant. So today, I'm going to put up a gallery of some of my favorite banned books. There are, of course, many more out there.
Thanks for reading, everyone, and please come back next time for a post on how very old I am. If you want to learn more about Banned Books Week, check out the official website . There's also a fun quiz via Buzzfeed: I've read 43 out of their 93 banned books. What's your score?
Hello and welcome back to "on this day in my history!" We'll take a journey through my old journals and see what was happening in my life on September the 20th through the years, starting with 2005. Enjoy!
September 20th, 2005, Sixth Grade
Apparently, there was a very beautiful sunrise, which I described in detail in my diary. I was annoyed at a girl in choir, decided P.E. was okay when we were doing dance, but hated social studies.
I then talked to the abovementioned girl, who wanted to join my friend group, about how we didn't really want her as part of the group, and was confused when she decided that meant she and I were no longer friends. Then one of my other friends told us about her shocking escapades with a boy a year older than us.
I've now been in classes for three days, and so far it's going fantastic! I'm exhausted, of course, but I feel really good.
Today's Wordy Wednesday is going to be a bit different. I'll be sharing part of my recent YA contemporary project, WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL. I'm going to post part of the first chapter as a before (from the first draft) and then as an after (the current edit). This way, I can demonstrate my editing process while also showing you some of my writing. Hope you enjoy it!
Keep in mind that this is still in the editing process, so it's totes not a final draft, at all.
Right now, I'm back at BYU-Idaho for Fall semester! My last semester as a sophomore, but also kind of my first semester as a junior? Online classes make things weird. Anyway, I'm excited and nervous, and I have a small cat jumping all over and being crazy.
All of that is good reminder of how I'm not a traveler, at all. Going between college and home drives me nuts. I am perfectly happy sitting in my room on my computer or reading, because I am social like that. When I do travel, it's usually for a writing or music retreat/conference, which I do absolutely love to do when I get the chance! But the one place I would really love to travel, on an actual vacation just-for-fun basis, is to Britain.
It was Doctor Who that made me realize how much I loved British culture, and Sherlock that reinforced it. I already had a bunch of favorite authors from England, but I'd never really thought about the culture of the area and how much it would be a fangirl's mecca until I got into the BBC shows. Now, I am dying to go there! My dear friend Julia was just there this summer, studying abroad at Oxford, and I am terribly, terribly jealous. I think I spend half my time being jealous of her, haha! But it's okay, 'cause I also love her and her writerly face. ;)
So today I thought I'd sort of plan out an ideal (literary themed) trip to Britain, the places I'd go if I ever got to go to ye olde country. Now, this is a very vague itinerary--I don't have a particular order, because I don't have a central location (i.e. hotel) to map out from. I do know, however, that I would be using trains. Lots of trains. And buses. Because England.
One of the earliest posts on this blog was about my feelings on self-publishing, which were largely negative. To me, self-publishing was basically a cheap way out that didn't give you any credibility, and I found myself bothered by non-industry people who thought I should take that path because it'd be easier. At the time, my stance was not totally unusual. But in the past couple of years, the market has dramatically shifted and the new truth is that self-publishing is a viable option that can't be ignored.
Nowadays, self-publishing is more commonly referred to as "indie" publishing and is usually done through small self-publishing companies. This is now part of an accepted set of terms: there's traditional publishing, there's indie publishing, and there's hybrid (choosing on a project-by-project basis.) As time has passed, views have become favorable towards the indie brand, and more news and blog posts are in favor of it.
Naturally, with me being as stubborn as I am, I tried really really hard to ignore this. A big reason is because it really does annoy me when people ask why I don't just self-publish. But a few months ago, I went to a little seminar given to my church by Emily Tippets, a sci-fi and Mormon romance writer who works under two pseudonyms. (Check out her sci-fi website here and her romance site here.) Emily is an indie author and has been for a while.
She gave a really intelligent talk about publishing of all kinds, with, of course, a focus on indie publishing. Through her seminar, I gained more respect for the indie publishing set.
Today, I thought I'd give a recap to all of you of where you can find me on the Internet! It's good to be accessible, as a writer, and I love to hear from readers and writers and fandomers alike! So here are the places where you can contact/follow me, my work, and my interests.
*For an up-to-date list of where I am on social media, see the blog sidebar or the About Me page.*
Through This Website: You can contact me by commenting on these blog posts!
E-mail: I do have an e-mail especially for my writing career, email@example.com. If you creep on me, I will block you. But otherwise, let me know your thoughts!I I also have a weekly e-mail newsletter you can sign up for, both on the blog sidebar and the front page of this site, through which you'll get website news, blog posts, a list of recommended YA giveaways from around the web, and a quote of the week.
Facebook: Check out my Facebook page! I'm the most active on here in terms of my authorly career, with news updates, blog posts, book recommendations, and any cool posts/videos/etc I find on the web.
Twitter: I have a Twitter! I use it to stalk other authors, agents, and editors, and I post some personal updates, blog post links, retweets, and book recommendations as well. Check me out!
Welcome to September! In a couple weeks, I return to BYU-Idaho (with Spartacus) for Fall semester! I'm now officially on Spring/Fall track, thank goodness, and I'm eager to return, though also a bit nervous. I'll be taking primarily English classes along with a couple religious bits and a required science class.
Now, as usual for our first post of the month, it's time for some humor! Please enjoy, and I'll see you next time for a post on social media.
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