Teen Tuesday–Hearing from Tomorrow’s Writers Today

From now on, Tuesdays will be devoted to guest posts from young writers (teens and otherwise). These may be samples of their fiction or essays or just comments on life. As a YA writer, I’m hoping to support tomorrow’s writers today!

For our inaugural post, we will be hearing from B along with viewing a sample of her artwork. B just turned 13, but she wrote this guest post a few weeks ago at the ripe old age of 12. She is currently working on the first book in a series involving kids, dragons, and fighting evil.

Words from B:

People ask me if I write what I see. I don’t know. I don’t see very many hybrid heroes cruising through the sky, but I see people who stand up for what is right. I certainly don’t see many little green baby dragons under our trees making sticks into mustaches. But I see my goofy friends, who have the power to turn a serious moment into a lighthearted one. I don’t see any villains in dark tuxedos with jagged scars, but I do see bullies. I don’t see any monsters lurking in their lairs, guarding their treasures. But I do see our puppy, Phoebe, lying in her kennel with her squeaky rhino in her mouth.

I don’t know if I write what I see. It depends on how you look at it. But then there is the matter of seeing…because seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.


That seems pretty profound to me. I’m looking forward to seeing her book in print. Any comments for B?

12 thoughts on “Teen Tuesday–Hearing from Tomorrow’s Writers Today

  1. Gwen Haugen says:

    I like what B had to say — great perspective! I look forward to seeing what he writes as well. Keep up the good work with the blog and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. spiritqueen says:

    WOW! What profound writing…and at 12! Absolutely amazing…and I love the dragon! Keep it up B! And thank you Tess for giving children a voice. Now, if adults would just listen…

  3. J Q Rose says:

    Spotlighting a young writer is a fantastic idea. I wish when I was 13, I would have had such an opportunity. But really, it was a thrill for my grandmother to read my words and tell me what a great writer I was. She was my inspiration to write. That dragon is adorable….love it. Best wishes, B, for success and satisfaction in your writing life.

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