Teens Who Write

I had a questions submitted to me for my Radical Parenting Intern social network for teen influencers and I thought I would share the answers (from age 14-18 year-olds):

If you had an opportunity to get your ideas published (novel, poetry collection, short collection, etc), would you do it? What would you like to write?

  • “If I had an opportunity to get my ideas published, I would take it in a split second, with no hesitation. I would probably write a short, fictional story, or embellish on an experience that I have had in the past. I also really enjoy writing essays on various topics such as love, fear, passion, and the like. (Basically, the result of teenage angst). Obviously, I would keep in mind who the audience of my work was going to be, just to know if certain things would be deemed inappropriate.”
  • “I think if i ever had the opportunity to get my ideas published I would take it. Sometimes I think I use a computer keyboard to ramble about my thoughts but if I wrote something that I was really proud of, it would be really cool have the public read it. I would definitely like to write a short collection. I don’t think I have the patience to write an entire novel, but I love telling stories. My favorite short collections are those where all the stories connect in some way. “
  • “If I could have my ideas published I would. I would like to have my ideas about the media published. How I think that the media is immoral and causes many of the problems that they report about.”
  • “I do not think I would have my writings published–maybe anonymously because I would be nervous people would judge my work and a lot of what I write is really personal to me.  I do not think that people would understand it or they would take it the wrong way.”
  • “I would be so nervous, but I would def do it! I have so many short fantasy stories I would want to publish a collection of them and maybe along with some of my friends short stories as well.”

No Responses to “Teens Who Write”

  1. Andrea
    October 16, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    Thank you so much for getting my question answered, Vanessa. I greatly appreciate it.

  2. Carys Roach
    October 18, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    I would love to write my own column, that would a wonderful oppurtunity, but I always I thought I was too young for this kind of thing. When I saw this site, I knew I had to do something. If I ever get an oppurtunity to write my own column, I would do it. I always have loved to write, but […]

  3. Carina
    November 3, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    Alright so, I love to write and I have my own strong opinons. If I could write a book on my life and my relationships between my family (mom dad and sister) and my friends I would.

    It would be called, “On Pointe”.

    “Pointe is not an easy form of ballet. It is very risky. You have to maintain balance, strength and technique all on the tips of your toes while making it look flawless and beautiful. Gaining the strength physically is just one part of this incredibly hard to master art form.
    Her mom is a short-minded, over-protected Catholic and her best friend of 6 years is becoming Morman. She juggles three different schools to make ends of her future meet. And just to get some peace and fun in her life, lying is it the only option. Enough said.
    But, ultimately this 16 year old’s goal is to just to make all her dreams of performing come true.
    She is living a life of
    and Dance
    She is living a life ‘On Pointe’.”

    Yup.. It’s a work in progress, but it will be fun.


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