When you want to be a writer, it may seem daunting to get started. Perhaps you've been reading for years and you feel like no matter what you do your work will never match up to that of the authors whom you love. Perhaps you've been writing stories since you were a little kid, and you want to do something more with your writing but your just not sure what the next step should be. Perhaps you've never written anything before, and you want to start, or you want to try writing something completely different than anything you've every written before.
I'm going to let you in on a secret...
There isn't one right way to write. You can call yourself a writer as long as you are putting words down on paper with a pen or spilling your thoughts through a keyboard into some safe space on a computer. Even writing in the notes app on your phone counts as writing. The first step to becoming a writer, is simple to write.
"if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.
there is no other way.
and there never was."
In this guide you'll find a place to help you with writing, regardless of which stage in the writing process you're at
Books, websites, podcasts, and more from authors and experts talking about craft, publishing, and everything in between.
Whether you want to submit to a traditional publishing house, are looking for a place to send your latest short story, or want to write a story tailored for a prompt. Find publications and contests requesting work from teen writers.
When it comes to writing, the library staff wants to help you achieve your goals. Find out how to use our resources and help you grow and develop as a writer.
With your resources assembled, this page offers a variety of resources as you continue your writing journey, including resources related to undergraduate and graduate degrees in creative writing.
Many writers are open about the fact that while writing seems like a solo effort, it actually takes a village. Check out our discussion forums to connect with other teen writers and start to create your own writing community.
All the resources from this guide collected in one convenient location with full citations and hyperlinks to online resources.