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Five Things Teen Authors Need to Know

Updated: Apr 9

Choose Yes
Turn left, every time. Keep choosing yes.

Five things my mentor of 3 decades hammered home; five concrete ideas every writer needs to hear, most especially teens.


  • It's your story, tell it.

  • Be frugal and artful with your prose.

  • Practice your art.

  • Listen to critiques and consider the intent.

  • Most people mean well. Sometimes they're right. Sometimes not.

  • Don't let Imposter Syndrome rob you of your dreams. All authors fight it: every single one. It comes and goes, but it's always there. Don't listen to it. Better yet, prove it wrong.


Dream, write, repeat.





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