Writing AdviceWritten consultation
Consulting for young authors, by Sarah J. Maas
Writer Sarah J. Maas launched her first novel when she was only 16 years old. Since then she has won a large fan base and has now released her first novel in printed form - thrones of glass. Here she gives young writers some advice. When I was 16 years old I started writing thrones of glass - and it became a work in progress through high schools and colleges and a few years later.
At the end of high scholastic education I wanted to become a pro author - to release thrones of glass. As a teenager (and later as a young grown-up in college) writing was certainly not simple, especially when I had a lot of assignments and extracurricular exercises to do.
The years I wrote as a teenager, however, were decisive for my evolution as a novelist. Although I didn't know these things then, the review is 20/20 - and these are my best advice for any young writer: 1. reading. This is probably the most apparent bit of advice, but be sure to do as much as you can.
Find out what your teachers have assigned you, but also take your reading hours. So, take your free reading and never be embarrassed of the ones you like, even if they are regarded as un-cool or unintelligent. Visit a museum, take lessons in arts, watch films in which you are not interested.....
Spend your free minutes watching people: how they speak, how they move, how they react. You can take a course in writing creatively (they're not as frightening as you think!), ask a favourite instructor to do your work, or bicker your buddies into it. To learn to embrace it will only help you in the long run - and help you to better your writing.
Like Lloyd Alexander once said (in Taran Wanderer),'Metal is useless until it is formed and hardened. Okay, that's usually just about writing fantasies, but you'd be amazed how much my story lesson was helping me write. I' often kick myself for not paying anymore attentiveness in high schools - and for not taking more story classes back in college. What do I do?
But I didn't say that, but I did writing during my lessons (just maths and tormentingly dull seminaries, I swear!) I also did writing on week-ends (after homework), week-ends, holidays, travelling to different parts of the globe.... Whatever I did, wherever I was, I always took my cue.
It wasn't because I felt it was a commitment or a challenge, but because it was something I had to do - because my story was something I had to get out of myself I had to record. They' ll tell you that your writing isn't good, and that you shouldn't be writing the kind of tales that are in your mind (believe me, as a phantasy writer, I have that a lot).
Just keep writing. It was only because I kept writing - because I was writing when and how I could, because I was writing what I liked. That is the most important advice I can give you. Living a full-lived ( "write whenever you have time") day and night, and enjoying every second.
It is impossible to tell you how many of my biographies have affected my writing - how a contorted knuckle and a squashed knees (the price of a fierce evening with my boyfriends on icy roads) can become a realistic-sounding violation in your novel. /But I want you to do it. Good, courageous lives mean good, courageous writing.