You may simply not have the wherewithal to express your very important story well.
Yes, having a great story you’re not equipped to tell pretty much bites.
If I were to subject you to other writing of mine from the time (and I ), you’d see the rather heavy influence of other favorite authors and lyricists, including Robert Heinlein, Dorothy Parker, HL Mencken, P. But since you’re young and haven’t gotten your own voice worked out, you’re likely to get swamped by your influences.
My concept album lyrics aren’t just bad because they’re the work of an immature writer, but also because it’s clear to anyone who cares to look that I was listening to whole hell of a lot of Pink Floyd when I was writing them. c) When you’re young, it’s easier to be clever than to be good.
Extracting Roger Waters out of those lyrics would require radical surgery. Now, when you’re , and you’ll see a lot of writers doing just that, even the good ones. Where teenage writers are at a disadvantage is that you’re not always aware when you’re genuinely being good, or merely being clever. Yes, the lack of experience thing crops up a whole lot. There’s nothing with being clever, and it’s possible to be clever and good at the same time.
This is because “clever” gets laughs and attention and possibly sex (or at least flirting) with that hot little thing over there who thinks you’re so damn amusing. But you need to know when clever is not always the best solution.
I was once a teenage writer like you (see goofy picture to the right), although that was so long ago that between now and then, I could have been a teenager all over again. If you don’t believe me, check these out: A short story I wrote in high school, and (God help us all) the lyrics to a prog-rock concept album I wrote in my first year of college. No doubt you are also pounding out stories and songs to the best of your ability… Being young is good for many things, like being flexible, staying up for days with no ill effects, not having saggy bits, and having hair.
Nevertheless, recently I’ve been thinking about offering some thoughts and advice on being a teenage writer, based on my own experiences of being one, and on my experiences of being a teenage writer who kept being a writer when he grew up. and chances are pretty good that your best, objectively speaking, isn’t all that good. For writing deathless, original prose, not so much.So here are some of those thoughts, for your consideration. Most teenagers lack the experiential vocabulary and grammar for writing well; you lack a certain amount of perspective and wisdom, which is gained through time.I’m going to talk to you about writing as straight as I can; there’s a possibility that some of what I say to you might come off as abrupt and condescending. In short: You haven’t yet developed your true writing voice.I apologize in advance for that, but you should know that I sometimes come off as abrupt and condescending toward everyone, i.e., it’s not just Also, I hope you don’t mind if I don’t go out of my way to use current slang and such; there’s very little more pathetic than a 36-year-old man dropping slang to prove he’s hip to the kids. Now, if you’re really good, you can perspective and wisdom, and with it a voice, which is almost as good as having the real thing.I own a minivan and the complete works of Journey; honestly, from the point of view of being cool, I might as well be dead. But usually, sooner or later, it’ll catch up to you and your lack of experience will show in your writing. More to the point, at the time they were also the best I could do.