Set Your Writing Free

Hey writers! Since starting the online format of our Teen Writers’ Prompts, we’ve learned a lot about how to create strong, compelling characters and put them into situations that will challenge and change their foundations. We’ve discussed their dreams, perspectives, motivations, and started building a world around our characters that breathes as naturally as they do. What’s more, we’ve even taken time to practice our writing style along the way.

For this week use everything you’ve learned so far and write a story of your own choosing. It can be any kind of story and feature any character you want. No limits this time around – just combine different prompts you found most useful and write the best story you can.

If you get stuck on that blank page, think about what you want to say. As a writer, your most powerful voice can be found in your words. So, what is important to you? What do you want to write about? If there’s a specific subject you want to focus on throughout a single story, we call this a theme. Writers don’t always have a theme in mind though – sometimes they come later after the story has been written. Some readers may also interpret your theme differently, so in some ways, it doesn’t matter. However, having a theme in mind for your story can help to carve a path for your words. Give it a try!

If you want to share what you’ve written or would like some feedback on your work, please submit your stories to teenwriters@TSCPL.org. Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal is to write a novel in 30 days. Check out what’s happening this year for NaNoWriMo.

Kody Stadler

Kody is a Youth Librarian who primarily works with teens. He is also a writer and photographer, and drank several cups of coffee while writing this post.