So, I've written posts on how I write and writing advice before so I know a bit about writing. I'm still learning how to write everyday, that never stops, but, once upon a time, I don't know a thing about writing or any of the issues that existed within YA. I began like everyone else: with an idea and an aspiration to be a writer.
The first time I realized I wanted to be a writer was when an idea hit me. Well, it more or less crashed into me and as soon as I could I got my hand on a pen I wrote. I didn't know where I was going or what I was doing or how to really write at all. All I knew was that I wanted, no, I needed to write.
From there, I wrote the entire manuscript and then I edited it. When it was done I realised I still needed to grow as a writer so I wrote some more. Four manuscripts and seven years later, I'm still writing and I'm still learning. Even now as I write my fifth manuscript, I'm learning. The thing about being a writer is that you're always learning. Each manuscript, each story, is different and needs to be approached in a different way. To be a writer you need to be passionate about writing and willing to work for years and years to achieve your dream.
Now, the other day I saw an advertisement for a course which asked for $400 in return for teaching you how to write a manuscript. I'm not going to name the place that is offering this because it seems ridiculous to me that someone would be willing to pay that amount of money to learn how to write.
If you really want to be a writer the only thing you need to do is write. If you're looking for advice or if you feel lost there are so many places that are willing to help you for free. Your favourite authors probably have writing advice of their sites, there are writers groups and writers' centres. For emotional support there's family and friends.
Never, ever, pay that amount of money to learn how to write. If you do, the method in which they teach is most likely not for you as everyone writes and learns in a different way.
As always, there are links on my home page to writers and pages which may help you.
If you want to write, pick up that pen, grab your computer or find some way to pay those words down. You can do it, I know you can.
Just in case you missed it, check out my two new short stories on Wattpad. I decided to post two since I didn't post one last month. I hope you enjoy them and let me know what you think.
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Anjulie Te Pohe
Founder of Koru Mag | Mookychick contributor | Avid reader and writer of YA | Takatapui (Maori & bi/queer) | She/Them | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org