What Being A Teen Writer Was Like

I used to think being a teen writer was the best thing ever. I remember feeling a desire to be one forever. How delusional of me, huh?

While I love writing and hope to write for the rest of my life, I’m looking forward to being an adult writer.

After all, I spent most of my time as a teenager telling stories.

I started writing when I was about thirteen or fourteen, right around my early teens.

I’ve been writing for the past six or so years. Time flies.

I still can’t believe I turned twenty today.

Being a teen is tough enough as it is. I’d argue being a teen writer is even tougher.

Not only are you finding yourself and figuring out who you are as a human, you’re also doing the same as a writer.

I’ve learned a little every time I faced the blank page.

I wrote stories and poems last year. I’m currently transcribing them. Even with my critical eye, I can see my gradual improvement. I’m constantly taken aback by how far I’ve come in just a few months, much less several years.

I’ll miss the opportunities afforded to teen writers. I’m not eligible for a lot of things now that I’m officially twenty.

Even though I got into writing earlier than most, I wish I had applied to more contests and competitions for teens.

Still, it’s been a great journey. I’m quite happy, pleased even with where I am right now.

Overall, I accomplished more than I thought I would as a teenager.

I’m not too sure what’s next for me. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, which is the one thing that both excites and terrifies me about being a young writer.

I hope being a grown up adult will be everything I hope for. Am I being greedy? Is that too much to ask for?

Fortunately, I’ve had these past four summer months to reflect on my past and contemplate my future.

I want nothing more than to keep telling stories and writing words. I invite you to do the same, regardless of whether you’re a teen writer or a seasoned veteran.

Age is just a number anyway.

20 Lessons I Learned As A Blogger


I'm nearly twenty years on this earth, and I've been blogging for over four.

So you're telling me I'm old and not afraid of commitment?

I don't believe it.

But I do believe being a blogger has taught me some valuable things.

  1. Love words, not numbers.
  2. Give back to the community.
  3. Always be yourself.
  4. Never stop learning.
  5. Do your best.
  6. Don't forget why you started.
  7. Create greatness.
  8. Keep it simple.
  9. Practice as often as possible.
  10. Push your perceived limits.
  11. Be your own boss.
  12. Listen to those who matter.
  13. Ignore the noise.
  14. Keep improving.
  15. Ask for help.
  16. Stay humble.
  17. Rise to the challenge.
  18. Chase what you want.
  19. Live life.
  20. Put your happiness first.

What have you learned from running a blog? I'd love to know down below. After all, sharing is caring.

Don’t Let The Bad Days Win

Don't let the bad days win. Easier said than done.

They happen. Grind through them.

It's okay to take an easier day when you aren't feeling well. The world won't end.

There's always going to be work, something to do. But the most important things in life aren't going to be around forever.

Life is dirty, messy.

Nothing worth doing is ever easy. If it was, everyone would be successful at everything.

Even the happiest people in the world have bad days.

The hard times make the great moments even better.

Life is unfair. Accept that and move on.

You're not alone. Someone, somewhere feels the same way you do right now.

Keep going and continue doing your thing.

Try not to take everything personally. It's not always about you.

Some days you do nothing wrong and still lose. Losing is part of living.

You can spend years getting working hard, yet lose all you worked for in a second.

From time to time, bad days stretch into bad weeks. It gets better.

You never know what tomorrow may bring, so make the best of what you have today at this very moment.

You aren't perfect. You don't have to be. Human beings are human. People make mistakes.

Don't stress too much about what's already happened. You can't change the past or go back in time. But you can change your future by focusing on the present.

Be a kind human being, even and especially when you don't feel your best.

I wrote this post during a bad day. I needed to remind myself of certain things, cliché and all.

Thanks for sticking around and reading my ramblings. I appreciate it more than you know. I'll leave you with one last thought.

Take the good and bad in life because there isn't one without the other.

How To Be A Happy Blogger

As if I know anything about that.

Blogging makes me happy. But sometimes it also drives me crazy.

You would think the longer you’ve been blogging, the easier and happier you’d be. I don’t know if I can agree.

The below is what I’d recommend bloggers do to stay happy or relatively so because everything is relative.

Have low expectations.

Or zero. Because disappointment is the bane of everyone’s existence.

Every time you expect something to happen, it probably doesn’t ever come to pass. Besides, if you don’t have expectations, anytime anything happens, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Win.

Blog for yourself.

Blogging for others will never be as fun or as fulfilling. Please yourself, not others.

Make the conditions enjoyable.

Play music. Have a healthy snack nearby. Possibly a drink. Perhaps two. Coffee, water, your own tears.

Talk to bloggers.

Metaphorically, you’re not on an island. So reach out and enjoy the company of people with similar interests. Unless you want to be on an island by yourself with no human contact and communication.

Live your life.

As much as you might want to stay at home and never leave your room, leaving the house can help re-energize you. Which could, in turn, make you a better blogger.

You could write some of your best posts after a day out with friends or family.

Try new things.

Whether it’s related to blogging or not. The risk can lead to a worthy reward. You’ll never know if you don’t try.

Grow thick skin.

Failure. Negativity. Rejection. More like fun, novelty, and rejoicing.

Stay true to yourself.

If you don’t want to do something, don’t. 

Remember you’re good enough. You shouldn’t change who you are for the wrong reasons. 

Be kind.

To others and yourself. 

You’re likely your worst critic, but try to be your best cheerleader too.

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, I wish you all the happiness you can handle.

How Has Writing Changed Your Life?

Without a shadow of a doubt, writing has changed my life in incredible ways. 

I’m about to attempt to explain how much impact writing had on my life. And continues to have. I’m not sure how sappy or sentimental this post will be. You’ve been warned. 

Writing gave me hope. Hope for a better future. Hope for something more, something greater. 

I know life doesn’t always treat us kindly. But we fall down and somehow manage to get up. We carry on. We cope.

Putting pen to paper helped me cope. It was an escape. I could get away from the real world temporarily. Sometimes human beings just need a respite from life, however brief. 

I looked forward to writing. I still do.

I felt excited thinking about fictional characters and imaginary people. It got me through the day.

Writing made me dream.

And wish.

I dreamt about people I didn’t know.

And wished I could tell their story, do justice to it.

Telling stories put things into perspective for me.

Getting my thoughts and feelings down on paper made me step back from the situation to look at it from other angles. The act of creating a character me consider other people’s perspectives.

Writing changed my life. For the better.

So now I pose this question for you to ponder: how has writing changed your life?

All About Failure

Failure is humbling. It’s hard.

Failure prepares you for success. But it doesn’t define you.

Failure won’t be in vain if you learn from it.

Failing is normal. Common even.

You might not see other people failing. That doesn’t mean they aren’t.

It’s tempting to blame someone or something but try not to. Blaming and pointing fingers doesn’t accomplish anything.

Embrace the fact you’ll continue to fail at different things for the rest of your life. 

Just remember it’s not the end of the world.

Don’t Waste…

Don’t waste words. Don’t waste time. Don’t waste life.

Words are precious. Time is limited. And life is short.

So don’t be wasteful.

I hate seeing anything wasted. Hate it with every fibre of my being.

Who Bought More Books?

I did.

When?

Just now.

Why?

Because reading is a lifestyle. Buying books is a way of life.

I refuse to change.

Why would I?

To think I used to feel bad about buying books.

Who was I?

It’s the best feeling in the world.

Can they just arrive already?

Change, Change, Change

Can you tell I’ve been bombarded by too many changes all at once?

My phone, my computer.

WordPress.

I’m losing my mind. I can’t cope.

To be fair, I updated my mobile to iOS 10 voluntarily. It’s going to take some getting used to, that’s for sure.

I’m also not entirely sure what happened with my PC. I think my computer stopped loving me.

And, of course, WordPress decided to work their wordy magic. I don’t know when they did, but I only noticed today. Fake blogger alert.

My posts as of late have been a mess because I’m a mess the later it gets during the night, which is the only time I bring myself to work on my blog.

October’s been full of fun changes. I’ve convinced myself that I am brimming with excitement.

How is the new month treating you?

I know I sound like a 19 year old. But that’s because I am a 19 year old.

I Love This Blog

I love this blog. (More than most things.)

If you do, thank you. (What’s not to love?)

If you like this blog, I like you. (Unless you’re a criminal.)

If you don’t, what’s wrong with you? (I’m kidding, kind of.)

In all seriousness though, today has reminded me that life’s too short. (So why would you waste your finite time on something you don’t love?)