Category Archives: Teen Writing Tips

What’s Your Summer Plans?


Summer break is almost here. Have you been thinking about what you want to do over the summer? I have a few beach reads on my mind. Marie Lu’s book Champion, it’s the latest novel for the Prodigy series. I just discovered that she added another book to the series and it sound pretty good. I am currently reading The Last Boy and Girl on Earth by Siobhan Vivian. I’ll keep you posted on it.

In October the Young Arts competition deadline will approach and by December the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition will be up so why not use the summer to tweak something you are working on? I know. I know. You want to relax over the summer. No stress. A little a day goes a long way.



Teen Writing Tip


Okay the first day of school is approaching or some of you may already have started school. This is the perfect time to make your plan – the perfect balance of homework, school activities and your writing because you have to keep writing no matter what.

The Young Arts Mentorship Program’s deadline is in October and the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition’s deadline is December. Check out the websites and look over the rules and submission requirements. Write it down. Make a list. Give it a shot!

Good luck and happy writing!


Teen Writing Tip


Okay, we’re well into our summer vacation so I thought that’s I’d check in with you all. We still have over a month left to work on our projects. Forgive yourself if you haven’t been writing. The school year can is difficult and busy. Why not set a goal for the remainder of the summer?

The Scholastics Arts and Writing competition will be coming up in December and the Young Arts mentorship program is already underway. Why not use these great competitions as motivation? cha-maquina-de-escrever-e-livros

To Copyright or not Copyright


The Library of Congress allows writers and other creative people to register their original work. Copyrighting your work with the Library of Congress proves ownership. In the past I’ve received lots of advice on how to protect your work. Some people told me to just mail a copy of my script to myself and that was enough proof instead of doing that I decided to register my work with the Library of Congress.  For scripts I’ve used form PA and for my novel I use form TE. There are different forms to fill out depending on what you are registering.

The cost have gone up and there is a different fee if you register online or mail in your application. It cost me $35 to register my novel online. If I mailed in the material it would have cost me $85. Registering online is also a quicker process. The cool thing about registering your work is that if can log on and see all the work you’ve ever registered along with the copyright number.

If you’ve worked hard on your screenplays, stories, drawings, or other creative projects why not spend the extra money and make sure that if someone tries to make claims on your work you have proof that your own the rights to the work?



Teen Writing Tip


good vs. evilI know a lot of you probably wonder what kind of book you should write. The trend is dystopia which are stories about a future world where everything is bleak. The Hunger Games, The Giver, The 5th Wave, Unwind, Divergent, and many other series tell stories about a world where life is unfair and unjust. Protagonists in these stories are forced to find the courage to change the world they live in.

Writing this kind of book won’t guarantee you success. I think you need to write the story that’s calling to you instead and don’t try to follow the “trend” because I think publishers are looking for new, original material.

I am writing a realistic fiction book. I think my story is original. I read lots of YA novels and I haven’t come across a series like the one I am writing.

Think about a character. Is your character and boy or girl? Now what does your character want? Love, revenge, success? Now create obstacles that will keep your character from reaching his/her goals. All stories are about these basic principles. Remember to be creative and have some fun.


Plans for Winter Break


Prompt 128I realize that I missed a post on December 21st. Now that winter break has started what are you planning to do with all your time? We have more than a week off. The Scholastic Arts and Writing deadline has probably passed already each region has a different deadline but I think you should still work on a short story. Either one you’ve started or a new one.

I plan to work on book two and write out the synopsis for book one so I can start submitting the manuscript soon. I hear Santa is going to be giving me the new printer I desperately need in order to print out my manuscript.

I think it would be a great idea to look back at one of your stories and get to work. I’ll plan on posting some more writing competitions soon so you better get ready.  Happy writing!

Teen Writing Tips


When trying to come up with a script idea I remember one of my professors told me that the best way to come up with a story is think of a character, place a character in a situation, then think about what the worst thing that could happen to your character.

Here’s an example Tomorrow I have to return to school after a long break. My school is in a 45 minute drive and the community is in the mountains. Lots of my students hunt and ski. The area has lots of woods, actually it’s mostly woods. What would happen if I lived there and over the week something crazy was happening to the outside world. The world beyond the boundaries of my town.  I’d have survival skills and I would know how to get around in the outdoors since I ski and hike. Maybe I could use these skills to survive. Survive okay now …happens.

20140820_111429After that I’d build on that idea and eventually an idea would evolve into a story. What’s your “worst thing that could happen” scenario?

Writing Opportunity for Teens


Here’s another opportunity to write a short story for the Chicken Soup series. This time submissions should focus on following your dreams or finding your passions.

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If you have a story about taking time to thrive, i.e. pursuing a passion, finding your purpose, improving your wellbeing, or if you realized it was time to thrive and you did something about it, we want to hear from you. If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it. Deadline December 31, 2014.

Something to Think About


It’s been a busy summer and I have really missed working on my blog. This year I hope to make a few exciting additions to my blog. I will start posting again soon. I hope this summer was filled with lots of writing and reading. There are many YA novels being made into films. I just saw The Giver this summer and the Maze Runner is going to be released this Fall. Why not run to the library and set a copy of this great YA teen novel.

The Fifth Wave is also being made into a film. Why not read these great novels before the movies are released. Oh one more thing. For those of you that enjoyed the Mortal Instrument Series there be a sequel to City of Bones.


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I hope that all of you have kept up on your writing and meeting your goals for the summer. I slacked off and for that I am apologizing. I intended on blogging once a week but it was difficult keeping up this summer. I also have to admit that I haven’t reached my writing goal either. But there are two weeks left of summer break and this past week I have finally started working on my goal to complete my book.

If you’ve discovered that you haven’t been working on your goals. Just forgive yourself and start now. I will be working on weekly posts until the end of the summer. It may have a long road ahead to meet that goal but one step at a time will get you there.