This month we’ll be featuring:
– The Young Writers Society
– Lockdown Poem – By Genevieve Curran
– Sounding Off – More Thoughts on World Building
The Young Writers Society
Formed in 2004, the Young Writers Society is a global community for young writers which is free to join. Their aim is to promote creative writing as a pastime, prepare aspiring authors for future publication, and create lasting bonds across continents and cultures alike.
All the content is created and shared by its members. Users post original writing and art, while the community provides constructive feedback necessary to push creators to the next level.
Beyond the literary section, the Young Writers Society hosts engaging research, discussion, and publishing forums. Members are encouraged to collaborate, debate, compete, review, chat, and share photographs – all in a family-friendly environment.
The Young Writers Society is maintained by a volunteer team. Their moderators mentor young writers, foster artistic growth, and ensure that the site runs smoothly.
It looks to be a vibrant, international community of enthusiastic young writers. So take a look and, if it appeals, join for free: https://www.youngwriterssociety.com
If you’d like to get a nationally recognised qualification whilst developing your creative writing skills then check out our Bronze Arts Award programme. If it appeals, show it to your parents or guardian to see if they will enrol you.
· start anytime
· seven-day trial
· tutorial support by email or phone (your choice).
· explore the writing genres you like
· ideal for 11-18-year-olds but can do up to 25.
This wonderful poem by Genevieve Curran, age 10, from Stockport, gives us an insight on how young people have been feeling during lockdown.
It all started one fateful day
When they said that we were doing school away
I thought “why”,
As I ate my from-home-pie,
Then they said “Its something you just won’t believe”
I wiped my nose upon my sleeve
“corona virus is coming this way.
Its going to get us all some day.”
I just stood there aghast.
How long would this lockdown last?!
After weeks of repetition
I was bored of television
So I turned to the PS4
And knew that it would not bore
I played with cousins. I played with friends.
It seemed the fun would never end!
Until Dad did something to turn my head
“Time for school ”is what he said.
I sighed. I should have known it wouldn’t last.
And now I sit here alone
A wooden chair instead of sofa throne
And I just have to hope someday
That I’ll get to go laugh and play.
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If you love to write stories then take a look at our FREE How To Write Better Stories Online course . If you’re under 16, check with your parents or guardian to make sure they are happy with you signing-up for it.
More Thoughts on World Building
Now, I know I already talked about World Building a couple of months ago. But World Building is cool. So listen, let me tell you a story …
Once upon a time there was a young writer, let’s call him … Jo.
Jo had a head full of stories, and he wrote them whenever they came into his head, wherever he happened to be. He wrote on the bus, on the train, in his room late at night when everyone else was asleep. He even wrote stories in lessons sometimes, when he was supposed to doing fractions or conjugating verbs (and I hope none of you will ever do anything like that).
Jo’s characters were FAB. They got up to all sorts of stuff - riding dragons, fighting zombies, joining the Avengers … they travelled across galaxies and into quantum realms where no one had ever been before. And Jo loved them all to bits.
But then, one day, Jo got an idea for a BIG story - a real romping adventure. This wasn’t one he could finish off in a Maths class. This was a serious three volume epic of a tale. So he started writing it. And … it was great! It had a great main character who had no idea he was going to end up saving the world; he just left his village to go hunting in the forest and, completely by accident, stumbled in to a raging battle between the ancient powers of light and darkness that had been on hold for a thousand years, but was now starting up again because … because …
And this was where Jo started struggling. Twenty five chapters in to his epic yarn, he suddenly realised he had no idea how all the characters in his story fit together. There were gods and spirits, sorcerers, trolls, goblins … But where had they all come from? Who was on who’s side? And why did they all speak English (with just a hint of a northern accent)?
So, Jo stopped writing his story, and for a few weeks, he was really down in the dumps. But then, he started drawing maps, making lists, making up a language, working out family trees, then writing a history that ended up as 20,000 words of detailed notes going back over 5,000 years of struggles and intrigue between three different races split into six nations - all of which took a goodly while.
Once it was done though, when Jo got back to his story, it all made sense. He knew who was who, why they were there, where they were going, and they didn’t all speak English any more. The writing was easy - fun again.
So, don’t you be like Jo. Don’t just launch into your BIG idea without laying some foundations. Get to know the world your characters are moving through. Draw maps, find out who’s related to who, make up some words in a new language, and write your own history - you’ll be glad you did.
World Building is cool. And it WILL help you write better stories - guaranteed!
Enjoy your writing!
If you’d like to try some world building online, take a look at inkarnate.com or worldanvil.com Both these sites have loads of tools to help you build fantastic worlds, as well as whole communities of great people, all doing the same thing.
That’s all folks!
All the best,
Susie and Phil Busby