Wednesday, August 1, 2012
3 Recommended Writing Websites for Teens
As I have been venturing into the -online- writing world lately, I have sifted through lots of websites, mostly blogs, about writing. Some I didn’t like, some were okay, and others I follow devotedly. So as to not bore you with my many recommendations, in addition to the fact that my sister just made chocolate-chip cookies, I’ll keep this quick.
First of all, I have been a member of TeenInk for a long time, and have truly grown to appreciate it. I’m a contributor for its online website, and I really like the fact that I can share my work with other teens around the world. They also have a national magazine in print, which has ten issues a month. They publish the best of TeenInk’s online writing in it, and it is very enjoyable, at least to me. I really like the fact that I can submit my writing, and have it online for friends, family, and my peers, as well as for honest constructive criticism.
Secondly, I’ve been following Go Teen Writers for several months or so now, and I find it very helpful. It’s a blog with contributing authors and an editor to help teens improve their writing. There are blog posts published every day in the school/work week, and they range from tips about building a platform to marketing to book proposals to characters and query letters. They’re immensely useful, giving aspiring writers help and reassurance at a stage of their lives when most are in dire need of knowledge, delivered from someone who’s “been there”. In addition, they have sections on writing a novel and writing contests every two weeks, as well as occasional giveaways. I love everything about the idea, and the authors put so much thought into their topics so that they feel personal and inspiring, as well as educational. In addition, the writing’s above par (of course).
Lastly, my new favorite writing website is SmithTeens. It is the home for the famous six-word memoirs. I had read about it in the paper about a year ago or so, and liked the idea, and just recently (well, this past week, to be exact) found the website, including a webpage dedicated to teens. You can create an account, and from thereon simply submit six-word memoirs about your life. They also have forums: Freestyle, to post about anything you want, and Forums, a guided place for conversations. Expressing myself in specific writing forms has always appealed to me, whether it is sonnet, haiku, or now six-word stories. There’s just something inspiring about telling a story with a familiar number of syllables or words, and being able to use your expertise. I also loved how all of the teens on the site were very welcoming to newcomers, a fact that I noticed quickly. Their six-word stories were very compelling as well. In conclusion, I appreciate SmithTeens for its six-word potential, as well as all of its gracious contributors.
These are some of my favorite websites for the moment, and I’ve found them really motivational. I’d highly recommend them. I need to stop now, and get some delicious chocolate-chip cookies! Anyway, visit these sites if you want to and have the time. Again, recommended. Note: my username on SmithTeens and TeenInk is KatsK, in case you’re wondering who I am. The websistes, as I have been unable to figure out hyperlinks, are .coms. Have a nice Thursday! (wait, it's Wednesday . . . right? Just kidding.)