What exactly is a "young" writer?
If you know me, you know that I've been writing for almost 5 years and that I'm almost 22 years old. Yes, that means I've been writing since I was 17 (I mean writing books). Here's the thing, when do young readers get to stop being a "young" writer and stop getting the stigma that goes along with it? And is where is the line drawn between "young" and "notsoyoung?" When exactly do young writers make that transition from eating their "Thanksgiving dinner" at the card table with the kids instead of with the adults in the dining room?
Here's the main argument against "age discrimination" in writing: just because you're 30, doesn't mean your mature, know what you want out of life, or even what your mistakes have been (let alone actually thought about the ramifications of them).
Here's what I propose: We stop playing the age game and all sit at the same table. There's always room for everyone regardless of age. Let's stop the numbers game all together. Yeah, I've been writing five years, but my "level" could be equal to that of someone with ten years or even two months of experience. Might as well toss that out. In the end we're just trying to find the differences instead of the similarities. Experienced people that person sitting next to you is your target audience and if she says the words "rad" and "groovy" are not used at all, then she's probably right. Young people, that person sitting next to you might know more about life and what's really important, so listen and see if what you know correlates. We have all been or will be in each others shoes so why not make them comfortable?
Want other's thoughts? Follow the links below:
Nathan Bransford-enter his first paragraph contest too!
Teens Writing for Teens blog
Comments? I'd love to hear them down below. Or have you heard/written about the same thing? Leave me a link and I'll add it to those above.
On a sidenote: One of my critique partners at InkSlingers, Bethany Robison/B.Robison has decided to host a give away of Across the Universe. Go here to enter.