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Anonymous asked:
Hey, Max. I love to write, and I want to make a career out of it, but I'm pretty young. I don't think anybody takes my writing seriously, and it's hard to write when I know that nobody will want to read something written by someone who's fourteen. Do you have any advice?


Hello there, dear anon~ ♥︎

Well, first off I want to say that it’s hella awesome that you’re writing! Seriously. That’s awesome :D

Now… time to talk about the elephant in the room:

Should you care that nobody takes your writing seriously?

Any other writing blog would point you in the direction of something they wrote that could help you. Such as: Who are you trying to impress?

But not here. There’s more to your question. Because, personally I don’t think you should worry about what people think of you. Regardless of what you do people are going to love your work, and HATE your work. You have no control over that— so you might as well have fun with what you write, and enjoy writing!

I’m going to give you a little secret about being 14 years old: You’re getting older, right now, as you read this message. One day you will be 15, and then 16, and then before you know it you will be 18 and out of school. Time flies. Don’t worry about people. People are dumb, especially people in high school.

If you want to make a career on your writing, here’s what you need to do: write, write, write. Write books, entire books if you want, and then put them aside. They’re your nuclear warheads that will be waiting for WWIII, or rather waiting for you to start selling your books to literary agents, or cleaning them up if you’re going indie. Some of the books Stephen King published during his career are actually cleaned up (and super polished) versions of the books he wrote in high school.

You can also submit stories and writing to literary magazines or contest, that’s a great way to thicken your skin and put your name out there. Yes! There are literary magazines for people in high school. Most of what you send will get rejected but the pieces that don’t get rejected will earn you rep, and every little piece of rep will give you more traction for when you are old enough to get your books published.

Now, I need to say this, because I understand that telling you to “write and wait” may not seem like the best advice— but I have a nuclear warhead just for you. Writing makes you a better writer. Writing books right now and putting them aside is not a WASTE— because you have learned from writing that book. Also, that was not the nuclear warhead, this is:

I started writing seriously when I was 20 years old. I was taking an English class in college. Someone told me that I should try writing fiction, and I did. I took a creative writing class, and then… I realized that all of my life I had been telling stories. I used to make comicbooks, but I never cared for the drawings— I cared about characters, and story, and the tough choices that either makes a person or breaks them. I found my passion, or rather… I realized it was there all along.

What I’m getting to, is that with 5 years of dedication I’ve become this writer. Nowhere near a master. I’m still learning. Everyday. But I have learned so much. Think of this:

If you keep writing, by the time you’re my age (25) you will have 11 years of experience to my 5. Let that sink in.

Oh, dear anon, you have the time to become an amazing writer. Learn from everything around you. Write. Don’t waste your time worrying about the opinions of your parents or your peers. Write. Write with abandon. Write without fear. Write like your life depends on it.

And, in time, I may be asking you for advice.