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. Writing requires work. 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?
Giving you a simple answer, the more you practice, the more you will perfect your writing. Now, as your writing improves, you will naturally find different ways to get people interested in it.
If you are a young writer, has a passion for writing, and want to start getting your feet wet, here is an invaluable option you should invest in: Online Communities for Teens.
Why Should You Post Your Work Online?
Online communities for teens are great venues for you to improve your craft, connect with readers, and build 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 of yours, and who share the same interest: a passion of 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.
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 start.
To make the process easier on your side, I brought a few online communities where your teen work will be well appreciated.
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Online Writing Communities for Teens
Maybe you are already engaged in this multifaceted corner of the internet, but Wattpad is a powerful social community of readers and writers in which the main goal is to connect people through storytelling. That is accomplished in many fun ways.
Wattpad offers several tools for readers and writers in different stages of their life to take their goal to the next level. Whether it is from an array of resources and materials to further your knowledge, or 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.
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 student’s writing while providing the resources they need to hone their writing skills.
As a teen writer at Write the World, you will find a plethora of tools to help you advance on your writing journey. You can get your juices flowing by:
– Participating in writing prompts in different genres.
– Taking part in competitions, and with that, get feedback from authors, teachers, and experts in the writing field.
– Getting encouraged to share your work online and exchange feedback with fellow young writers.
– Honing your writing craft even more by participating in online groups within the Write the World community.
– Submitting your work to their online journal 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, as 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 an online community, where young readers and writers like you can post your work, participate in polls, quizzes, and engage with each other.
Again, this is a safe place to post your work, gain and offer feedback, and with that, build a community of fans. And you should definitely take the plunge. The writers on this platform are in the same situation as you: hopeful writers hungry for connection and visibility.
To sum it up…
There are other fun perks of participating in these online communities for teens 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.
You will not only grow as a writer but also have the chance to meet wonderful people—who might be the key to take your writing to the next level—get your work seen and build a fan base.
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. 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.