Category Archives: Teen Writing Tips

Teen Writing Tip-Three Minute Fiction – Stories




While I was searching for writing competitions I came across a three-minute fiction competition where you submit a story and the story is read. The challenge was write a story in which a character finds something he or she has no intention of returning. Check out the stories. One way to become a better writer is reading lots of stories. Here you get to listen to the stories.

You can actually listen to stories 4000 stories were submitted and the winners were posted n NPR’s website.

Here’s the link. Enjoy!


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Do you ever wonder what is going on in the publishing industry? Publisher’s Lunch is an online newsletter that gives you information on book deals, and what’s selling. Every week I receive an email that updates me on some of the latest deals being made.

The newsletter also posts a key so that you can understand what kind of deals are being made. For more detailed information on deals, you can always register for

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National Writing Month


NaNoWriMo or National Writing Month occurs every November.  NaNoWriMo is a great opportuity to set goals and write the first draft of your novel.  While you’re writing your book you’ll have access to lots of resources and support as you write it! 

What it All About?

During the entire month of November you write your novel. The Goal – Write 50,000 words by 11:59pm on November 30th. You can sign up and get great resources to help you along the way. 

“National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.” NaNoWriMo mission statement. 

Go to for more information. 

DV Pit- A Twitter Pitching Event

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On October 18, 2018 DV Pit for Children books is coming up. Literary agent, Beth Phelan created a Twitter pitching event where writers can pitch their children’s books: middle grade, young adult, picture book writers , and illustrators who are from an marginalized group are eligible. 

This includes (but is not limited to): Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons (including neurodiverse); people living with illness; people on marginalized ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying within LGBTQIA+; and more.( taken from DVpit Twitter profile) 


Your pitch must: (1) fit the 280-character max, (2) include the hashtag #DVpit, and (3) include at least one category or genre hashtag.

Agents/editors will like your pitch if they’d like to see material from you, so please don’t like other authors’ pitches. Please also do not retweet. To show support, you can always reply or quote-tweet with compliments.

Many writers have found agents and publishers during this pitching event. If you’re not from one of the marginalized groups don’t worry. Pitch Wars is open to writers of all backgrounds. Stay tuned. Go onto Twitter and check out some of the tweets so that you can learn how to pitch your manuscript. Good luck.

Teen Writing Tip – How to Find an Agent


You never know what kind of stories an agent is looking for. Most agent have a #MSWL or manuscript wish list. A lot of these lists are posted on their Publishers Weekly profiles. If you’re looking for an agent follow them on Twitter and check out their wish list.

Right now, it seems like agents and publishers are looking for fantasy novels and diverse subject matter like stories LGBTQ teens or other underrepresented stories. In the end I always believe it’s important to write the story you need to write. You can also find agents by looking at the acknowledgement page at the each of your favorite books. Authors always thanks their agents.

It takes some work but it’s worth it. Good luck and happy writing.

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I recently read a few books that took an untraditional methods in storytelling. Elizabeth Acevedo decided to write The Poet X was told in using poetry. It was a unique way to tell the story of a female poet. Although it was told through poetry, the story was seamless and felt more like prose.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson used a linear storyline to tell the tale of a teenaged girl who’s best friend goes missing. By shifting from the present to the past, Jackson helps us feel what Claudia was going through as she remembers her past relationship with her missing friend while dealing with the fact that her best friend has disappeared.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, is told with a linear storyline but it has several point of views- Natasha and Daniel’s stories are in first person and third person point of view with used to tell the stories of secondary characters.

When writing your stories try a new way of telling your story. This will help make your stories more interesting and really stand out.

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What are you planning to read this summer? I tend to read loads of fantasy but I write contemporary fiction. That doesn’t mean I can’t or won’t write fantasy one day. I actually have a contemporary/sci-fi fantasy book on my to do list.

Over the last few weeks I have been pitching my manuscript and actually have a few bites. With that, I realized that I need to read the types of books I write in order to A.) know the market and B) that I could have books to compare my books to when I’m ready to pitch my book or even if I want to write a query letter to an agent.

As a rule agents want two comparable (books that can be compared to your book). So it’s important to have two comparisons of books written in the art two years. You have to see up on what is being written. Writing is an art form but it’s also a business. Why not add a few of those books on your summer reading list?

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Writing your poems, short stories, and books is the fun part of being a writer. On this site I post information about writing competitions but if you want to get serious and have a chance at having your book published you really need to connect with other writers, reads lots of books in the genre that you are writing, and ones that you aren’t in the genre you’re writing. I’ve learned so much by just reading it all.

Twitter is a huge resource for connecting with agents, publishers, and other #writers. The #amwriting hashtag and help you connect. Agents post what they are looking for using the #mswl manuscript with list hashtag. There are Twitter pitch competitions where you can pitch your book and have agents check out your pitch and if they like it they’ll even request your manuscript. The great thing about these Twitter competitions once you put #( insert pitch title) in the subject line your query moves to up slush pile and agents will check out our query letters.

Writing is a business. It’s not only about writing. It’s about getting your work out there too. Happy writing!

Book Con This Weekend



Book Con is this weekend on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at the Jacob Javits Center. Tickets are still available. This is my first time going and there will be lots of your favorite authors available for book signings and speaking on panels.

Reposted from Book Com website. NYC’s best book festival is back! BookCon returns to Javits Center on June 2 and 3, and it’s heaven for bookworms. The two-day convention gives visitors a first look at the tomes that are coming to bookstoreand library shelves in the near future, offering free advanced reader copies of the buzziest unpublished books. 

Event highlights at this year’s BookCon include a hangout with Bill Clinton and James Paterson (yes, they’ve written a book together), a meet-and-greet with Dear Evan Hansen’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a one-on-one discussion with Abbi Jacobson about her new memoir. Cassandra Clare, Chuck Palahniuk, Scott Westerfeld will be there too…okay okay, we’ll stop dropping names now.

But seriously, you’re going to have to carefully figure out your schedule down to the minute if you want to see everyone: The exhibitors list is a beast, and half the time you’ll only hear about a new stack of books being handed out by word of mouth.

Tickets start at $30 for adults and $10 for kids for BookCon,. Tickets for the autograph area and writing workshops are available separately.

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Over the last few months I have been finally paying attention to #Twitter. I found lots of pitch competitions like #DVpit, #Kidpit,#ADpit. The following on twitter competitions where writers with competitor manuscripts create a one to tow sentence pitch for their books. Agents and editors look at the pitches and many writers have found their agents that way.

In addition to the ones I mentioned there are many more #Twitter pitching events. If you go to Twitter and search the following up can find examples of what a #Twitter pitch looks like and everyone is very helpful.

DVpit is coming up on April 25th. This pitching event is for underrepresented writers. such as LGBTQ, minority writers, and disabled writers. Basically writers who have not been given opportunities to have their books published. Don’t worry there are lots of pitch events so everyone DOES get a chance. Wish I knew about #Kidpit it was on April 4, 2018. Get a #Twitter account if you don’t already have one and follow hashtags above and find agents to follow. That’s how I discovered events.