I started writing fiction when I was about 10 years old. For those of you who don’t know my age, that was twelve and a half years ago. Do the math.
I still remember the first novel I ever started (and never finished). Since then, I’ve grown A LOT as a writer and a person (I hope). I’ve learned a thing or two about my craft and about myself.
Fun fact: I won my first short story contest when I was twelve. It was a school contest. Mine was the only entry.
If I stumbled upon a time-machine and could go back to visit my younger self, here are five things I would tell myself (from a writer’s perspective):
To 20-year-old me… “Don’t rush. Be patient, be thorough. Write hard, edit harder, proofread hardest.”
To 18-year-old me… “Value humility. You’re good, but you’re not great. Be teachable and study your craft. Don’t assume you know more than the next guy.”
To 16-year-old me… “Finish what you start. Don’t chase new ideas like butterflies. Stick with a project until it’s done, then move on to the next.”
To 14-year-old me… “You’re not Christopher Paolini, so stop trying to be. Relax, have fun, and come up with your own ideas.”
To 10-year-old me… “Don’t let anyone mock you just because you named your main characters Pobo and Button. You do you, kid.”
Fun fact 2: I started my first significant novel project when I was 13. It was an epic fantasy story. I wrote 284 pages and then lost interest. I still have those pages.
If you could go back in time and visit yourself as a young writer, what advice would you take along? Drop a comment below, and don’t forget to share/subscribe!
Keep calm and write on, friend.