You are a young reader or writer who has a passion for the written word and wants to publish your stories, right?
But how can you get readers interested in your writing?
There is no magic formula for that. Being quite honest with you, and you probably have heard this plenty: Writing is hard.
It requires work, commitment, and dedication.
I don’t mean to discourage you, but instead, to give you the fair, big picture. Do you know how many rejections Ernest Hemingway received?
Okay, I’m not trying to be dramatic here… 🙂
But the point is, the more you practice, the more you will perfect your writing. And, as your writing improves, you will naturally find different ways to get people interested in it.
If you are a young writer, have a passion for writing, and want to start getting your feet wet, here is an invaluable option you should consider: Online Communities for Teens.
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Why Should You Post Your Work Online?
Online communities for teens are great venues for improving your craft, connecting with readers, and building your audience.
When you participate in online communities meant for writers and readers, you are most likely connecting with people around the world—within the same age group as yours—who share the same interest: a passion for books and reading.
This provides you with an invaluable chance to receive sincere feedback, commensurate with other people in the same situation as you, give feedback, and exchange ideas.
And if you are not convinced, let me give you a quick boost.
Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, could not imagine how successful the book (and its series) would become when he started posting his work online, on Funbrain—a free educational game site for kids—two years prior to signing his book deal in 2006. By the time the first book in the series was published in print, in 2007, he had gotten millions of views online.
That goes to say, you never know what may happen.
If you are the type of person who tends to get stuck or even finds excuses for never starting that old project sitting on your desk for more than a year, this is a much needed boost to get you going.
Are you ready?
I brought a few online communities where your teen work will be well appreciated.
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Online Writing Communities for Teens
Wattpad is a powerful social community of readers and writers in which the main goal is to connect people through storytelling.
If you are already engaged in this multifaceted corner of the internet, you know that you can accomplish it in many fun ways.
Wattpad offers several tools for readers and writers in different stages of their life to take their goals to the next level.
Whether it is from an array of resources and materials to further your knowledge, writing programs such as contests (The Wattys), paid stories, conferences (WattCon), or Wattpad Studios, this community might be what you need to push you forward.
Keep in mind that you need to be at least 13 years old to be able to sign up and create an account.
2. Write the World
If you are a young writer between 13-18, then Write the World is a powerful resource that you must check out. Founder David Weinstein created this global online community with a mission to improve high school students’ writing while providing the resources they need to hone their writing skills.
As a teen writer at Write the World, you will find a variety of tools to help you advance on your writing journey. You can get your juices flowing and improve your writing through:
– Writing prompts in different genres.
– Encouragement to share your work online and exchange feedback with fellow young writers.
– Monthly teen writing contests, and with that, get feedback from authors, teachers, and experts in the writing field.
– Online groups within the Write the World community.
– A chance to submit to their teen literary magazines for consideration.
Isn’t it neat?
But this is not all. Write the World also provides support for educators who want to take a step further and guide their pupils to follow their writing dreams.
So, if you are a teen writer, you are not alone. Write the World offers plenty of options to help you take (writing) action.
3. Underlined ( by Penguin Random House)
Underline is another fun online community and “official online book destination” by powerhouse Penguin Random House.
Young readers and writers can safely post their work, participate in polls and quizzes, and engage with each other.
And as a stress-free place for sharing your work, you can gain and offer feedback, hone your stories, and with that, build a community of fans.
Quite honestly, this is a great opportunity for you to take the plunge. The writers on this platform are in the same situation as you. They are all hopeful writers hungry for connection and visibility.
Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Online Communities for Teens
Online communities for teens may be the key to taking your writing to the next level. The ones I mentioned offer other fun perks that you should check out for yourself. For now, I want to give you an idea of how valuable it can be to your writing goals.
Not only will you grow as a writer but also have the chance to meet amazing people. And remember: those readers can play a big role in getting your work seen while also helping you build a fan base.
The bright lights may receive you this way. So never underestimate the power of online writing communities.
Now I want to hear from you. Have you participated in online communities for teens? Which ones? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below.