by Hina Hazrat on 19th June, 2013 at 3:53 PM CEST
Writing is a serious, time-requiring and erudition-art. Some say it is an instinctive trait of their being that they can write, while others have to thrash about in order to become a superlative writer, and a writer who touches readers’ minds.
Having seen fellows around, I asked the reasons behind the impact of social media language (saying WAZZUP instead of What’s up?), which most of the time is breaking a real word in to chunks or with our own sense of reading cutting letters like a butcher, (Did u c what I mean?). Later it becomes a quandary for many, who forget to write correct spelling in professional writings or exams. For all the young writers, an exclusive Interview with Laura Thomas, Founder of Laura Thomas Communications.
How is writing journey coming along?
Extremely well. After almost 20 years of writing for others, I finally have a book coming out with my name on the cover. Polly Wants to be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published is going to be released in October.
How do you define a young, successful writer?
A young, successful writer is someone who has made the transition of writing for self to writing for an audience.
What are five important writing tips for young writers?
2) Write every day.
3) Get your inner critic under control.
4) Related to #3, never start editing until your first draft is finished.
5) Understand the writing process and where you are in it.
Do you think that active usage of social media is affecting the correct spelling habit of youth?
This is one of the biggest problems youth in writing are facing! Using social media slang is perfectly fine when you are talking to someone online. But using social media slang in more formal settings will always get you into trouble and make you look like a jerk, like you just don't care.
Communication is about respect and about being smart enough, and kind enough, to know who you are talking to and what their expectations are. Sadly, respect for adults is even worse today than it was when I was a teen in the 1970s and 80s. Back then we used to call every adult by Mr., Mrs. or Ms., never by their first name. Nor would we even think of speaking our teen slang in the classroom and never on an exam.
I think individuals, especially aspiring young writers, need to take responsibility for learning grammar and spelling. No excuses. If you can learn how to write WA'S UP, you can learn how to write WHAT'S UP.
Which 5 qualities make a writing best?
Depth + Unity + Tension + Simplicity + Focus = Good Writing
Is there any opportunity for young story writers?
6th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Contest
Junior Authors Short Story Contest
Work for LTC as a Freelance Copywriter
Junior Bloggers Program
Short Story Feedback Program (part of my blog)
Free Writing Help Page
Connect with me on Write Q&A (Facebook)
by Hina Hazrat - Writers Action Team 11