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    Young Writers?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by AnonymousWriter, Aug 8, 2008.

    Okay, so I'm 14. I've always liked reading and have always been good at writing for my age, although I didn't used to enjoy it. Now I really enjoy writing as a hobby.
    None of my friends know that in my spare time I read and write because none of them show any interest in it and I'm scared they'll make fun of me.
    My point being is, the number of young people being interested in reading and writing is decreasing.
    How do you think the world can get young people back into literature?
     
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    I don't think it's decreasing at all. Maybe you're just in the wrong spot, but where I live, you can't turn a corner without bumping into a bookworm. Most of my older (yet younger, of course) friends are greatly enthused about classic literature. And as you can tell by this forum, one of the more common dreams of the teenager is to become a writer. As a 14-year-old myself, I'm kind of respected in my grade for my ability (and inclination) to tear through books, and I'm definitely respected for my writing- if anyone needs a story or script written, they go to me. I'm even writing my middle school's next play, which is a pretty big deal.
    If your writing is good enough, tell them, maybe someone will be interested. If they aren't interested, then you still shouldn't be worried about them making fun of you, because hey, they're your friends. And if they do make fun of you, suck it up. It doesn't matter what they think.

    Out of sheer curiosity(/bafflement), where do you live?
     
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    I don't think you can. Whenever someone writes a book that's awesome and worth reading by everyone, it's turned into a movie and even though the book is better, most people just go watch the movie. Me? I'm 15 now, and I've been reading since maybe seven or eight (novels, I mean. I could read and write at perhaps 5 but I not well enough for a novel). I've been writing for a few years too, but nothing really good until recently.

    There are a few young writers like myself on this forum. I know of others who at least write poems. Overall, though, everyone just seems too busy to "waste time" reading when a movie only takes a few hours at the most and doesn't require a lot of concentration most of the time.
     
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    I'm quite surprised that so many young people read in your area- because it certainly isn't like that where I live. I live in Scotland by the way.
     
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    Ahh. American midwest. Maybe it's a nationality thing.
     
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    To be honest, I think school English classes are a huge influence on this. I know it's compulsory for us to read the classics, but I think more of a mix between the classics and modern writing is needed. Let's face it, how many teenagers do you know that are in love with Shakespeare? Very few that I know of. It's scaring young people away from reading as a result.
     
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    I guess its just the region. Where I live, most of my friends like some form of writing and everyone knows about it, and all of them like to read as well...except for me, I rarely read.

    Its might be true. Everybody went through 11th grade literature without learning a thing. We do have a creative writing class, but that's just doing slightly better.
     
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    Hi, Anonymouswriter. I don't think the number of young readers and writers is shrinking; it's just not considered the "coolest" pass time among teenagers. Before the teenage years its fine for a kid to read and write, and after them it'll be fine again. Take comfort in that. Adults are usually impressed if you tell them you write. :)
     
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    You know what where I am at a lot of people read as well. Although it is mostly newspapers people do read a lot. And even the sexy women kick it at Barnes and Nobles.

    Heck that is where I go to talk to women sometimes. The women are hotter there than a club LOL.
     
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    I could C+P your entire post and it would apply to me just as well as you. I agree that people of our age group don't write, but I disagree that they don't read. You just don't know they do because you are less likely to talk about a good book you read to your friends than you are a football game or such that you won. I'm sure if you just tell your friends, they'll encourage you as mine have I.
     
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    Be confident and proud that you are reading and writing. Just tell your friends that you read/write for pleasure or that reading is a hobby. I'm sure your friends won't make fun of you for that since they have hobbies of their own.
     
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    I don't think reading for kids is a problem. Most of my friends read a decent amount of the time, and we're all varsity athletes (meaning we're not bookworms). Most people, I think, just need to be given the right book, that's all.
     
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    Really, people are going to be interested in whatever they're interested in. There isn't a "way" to convince young people to become suddenly interested in reading and writing. If reading isn't a particularly favorable pass time for them, then that's just a personal preference. If someone doesn't enjoy writing, that's also just a preference. I despise math and science, so I try to avoid both as much as possible. It's pretty much the same thing. :)
     
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    I'm also a very young writer at 14, and I share my love of reading and writing with all of my friends, no matter how stupid they may think it is. Reading and writing is what I love to do, just like some other young teenagers may enjoy playing video games or talking on their cell phones. I've always been a very good writer for my age, and I make good grades in school and manage to stay at the top of my class, so I don't really care if people make fun of me; I don't really know if anyone does make fun of me, though . . . Hmm . . .

    Anyways, the world is changing. New technology is being released every month: new cell phones, computers, video games, ect. Right now, the craze is lazing about, watching TV and becoming a couch potato. I consider myself different; I love to write, read, and play sports. I do watch TV and play games at times, but I have a hobby, and consider it a good thing.
     
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    I disagree. :) I know a lot of people that like to write. It just depends on a person's interest and some people have different interests. Some times if you tell someone you like to write then they might tell you that they like to write.
     
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    True. But there's a bit more to it than that.

    I'm nearly 17 years old (FYI: Year 11, Australia) and study both Literature and English at school.

    I'm an Arts/English (media) nut, and so analysing texts (especially film as I work in a video store) comes pretty naturally.

    However, there is a dramatic difference between what you could define as 'normal' English, and Literature (the more classical texts).

    Literature looks at texts which have deeper meanings and connotations. It is dramatically more enjoyable than English, despite having equally exceptional teachers.

    But sometimes, texts of a classical nature do not cut it. Sure, they have themes which can be brought into the context of our modern society, however there aren't any true direct correlations. You can grab the theme of 'love' or 'compassion' from a text of any century and still somehow link it together.

    And not everyone is interested in themes. I'm making a generalised statement here so forgive me, but I've noticed that a lot/all of the males in my class have no interest in what we study in our English class. They simply aren't interested.

    And to be honest, I don't think you could force them to like it. Even if you studied the Jackass movies, you still might find them disengaged and losing the point of the tasks.

    Eh, just my two cents.
     
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    Hey,

    I'm 12 and live in Australia,

    Here, I am surprised to find that many children I have seen have turn to reading other than the T.V. Writing, on the otherhand, is another matter.

    Most of my friends think of writing as not a nerdy thing, nor do they find it very interesting, but they think of it as something you can like or dislike, such as a type of sport.
     
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    I Agree with hellomoto, at my school writing and being good at it is nerdy and geeky, which I do consider myself but it still doesn’t help much. I'm 13, yipee!, but yeah... I turn 14 in like 19 days...
     
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    I'm 16, from Australia, and I must say, that when people reach the teen years where they begin to drink and do drugs (been there, done all of that), they lose interest in a lot of things they may have enjoyed previously. Not everyone gets into drugs, but around that "experimental" time in life,

    I must say, most of my friends drifted away from all things intellectually satisfying. I did myself, for a while, and came out of it more sour than I went in.

    Of course, there is no changing people, but no one will ever enjoy being literate less than illiterate. I honestly think the average level of intelligence is dipping, sad to say. When I look at teens these days, a lot of them have not only no interest in intellectualism, they have no skills in it either.

    I think a lot of people slowly conform to what the general populace around them deem as "normal", regardless of how edifying it is for them. They fool themselves into enjoying it more and more, and eventually lose all motivation for things they formerly loved doing.

    Just my two cents, I hope it actually makes sense. But for me, the majority of the youth around me has no interest in writing or reading.
     
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    I can sort of agree with both arguments here, where I am I can plainly see people that have absolutely no interest in reading or writing and other people who love it.

    It does seem to me though that less people go to the library and get a book because its not cool enough because of the sort of stigma attached to being a bookworm. It also seems that less people now buy a book, because they can go see the movie instead and socialise with their friends or they can spend their money on a game, sweets, clothes etc

    There's more choice of what to do with all the games consoles and movies and things that are about now. And there's more freedom with what a young person can do. IF you take me and my sister as an example...

    At 14 I was just allowed to start going to the cinema by myself if I had a lift into town and kept in contact with my mum and somebody picked me up. My sister is just 14 and has been catching the bus into town herself for a couple of years, meeting her friends to go to the cinema, and to just hang out in town - something I was never allowed to do.

    With more choice about what to do, maybe there's just less time for reading when it doesn't seem as interesting.
     
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    I used to be the same way. Back when I was in middle school I had a strong interest in writing. However, I was somewhat embarrassed about it. However, I've grown to realize that an interest in writing is the same as an interest in art/drawing, photography, sports, etc. It's a hobby like anything else.

    As for young people being less interested in reading and writing, I'm not sure if that's true or not. From my experience I'd say there are quite a bit of "young people" interested in both read and writing.
     
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    You know this also dependent on parental influence. When my son was eight, I gave him the book Call Of The Wild...and a Star Wars Lego set. No he didn't read the book. He played with the Lego set.

    A couple months later I bought him The Dangerous Book for Boys. I think the title itself is the only reason he read it, but he did read it, and that sparked his interest.

    He is ten now and is constantly reading and last week I discovered a journal under his bed. I about cried. (No I didn't read it.) :rolleyes: What kind of mom do think I am!

    I also believe it important that your children see you reading and writing, after all, live by example.

    By the way, who cares what your friends think. Be proud of you are...a writer!
     
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    That's very true, penhobby. It is a lot about parental influence. My mom used to read to me until midnight when I was five. She'd read books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Secret Garden, etc. I still remember how excited I got just listening to those stories. I always attribute what my mom did to my love of reading and writing.
     
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    Yeah, part of it depends on how it's taught in school, but part of it also depends on what the parents are willing to do and the resources you have.

    Just to give you two examples, I spent some time working at an elementary school in which grades three to six were taught language by the same teacher. She was very enthusiatic and found ways to make it interesting and fun. Instead of everyone reading the same book for assignments, she divided them into groups by letting them pick the books that was either the best for where their reading level was, or that would most interest them. They all had fun with it when they were doing their story-writing and writing letters to their penpals in a different school.

    As for resources and parents, sometimes kids are not motivated to read because their parents don't encourage them too, or as much as their parents try to motivate them, they just can't find books they like. You're much more likely to find a good book for everyone in a community that has lots of bookstores and libraries. In the town of that school, depsite that fantastic teacher, a lot of people there didn't like to read, and they only had one library and one small book store. In some of the surrounding towns, the only libraries were in the schools.
     
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    In the town I live in, we have 3 or 4 large bookstores, an enormous sized public library and my school has a decent sized library aswell. Still, few people that I know of, like to read books. Surely they cannot say that there are no books that they like? There are thousands available to choose from. Maybe they're like me though, they enjoy reading but don't tell anyone about because they're frightened of people's reaction.
     

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