Just ask Ned Vizzini.
so dont publish young publish old….have fun with your life
I linked to the article because I have had countless teens talk to me about their plan to publish their first novel before they turn 20, and how will that will set them up for life.
And their parents believe this will happen, too. Seriously.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all about chasing down your creative dreams. It worked for me. But I prefer to encourage young writers to explore all kinds of avenues, including travel and community service, in order to better know themselves, and find something to write about that is unique.
I think Ned’s story is a valuable one.
Wow. I just picked up two of his books at the library.
I’ll be so damned old by the time I’m published there’ll be no chance I’m caught off guard. Hooray for maturity!
Publishing at any age does not equal happiness. The more prepared an author is for that fact up front, the better.
i remember when that two-book deal was happening. having read reviews of the second novel, i suspected what the article confirmed.
For as traumatically lifechanging as those 5 days were, I really enjoyed his book IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY.
I got your note. I’m glad you like it. I’m alright, although very aware of the thin line I tread.
I loved “Teen Angst? Nah . . . : A Quasi-Autobiography.”
Interesting article, thanks for linking. I reviewed It’s Kind of a Funny Story for the NYT and learned some of this. I admire his willingness to examine things so openly.
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