Happy Encourage a Young Writer Day, ladies! My name is Anna Beth and I am a guest writer for today’s G&g blog. I’ve been writing professionally for nearly a decade, and often I am asked, “What would you say to encourage other writers and give them inspiration?” So, writers of all ages, here’s what I have to say to you.


Scary is OK

When you want to write something down and all you see is a blank page, it’s always scary. I write for a living, and it’s STILL scary. But just because it’s scary doesn’t mean it’s bad. Writing can feel vulnerable. You’re sharing your mind –your precious, sweet mind – with the world. The fear will never entirely go away but, if you have something to say, write it down anyway, and it will feel less scary after. I promise.


You Don’t Need Big Words

You only need big ideas. Young writers, if you don’t know what word you’re wanting to use right away, that’s OK! There’s a saying in the writer’s world, “Don’t use a $5 word when a 10¢ word will do.” What it basically means is, if you have something to say, you can say it just like you think it. You don’t have to dress it up in fancy words. You don’t need to know every word in the dictionary to write. You only need to have something to say and an idea to express. The words will come. A great idea doesn’t require humongous words!


Read, Read, Read

Even though I’ve been writing a long time, sometimes I get really stuck. That’s when I read. If you want to write, it helps a lot if you learn to love to read. I see my favorite authors as some of my best friends. And sometimes, if I’m REALLY stuck in trying to get my ideas on the page, I pretend like I’m writing to them. Do you have favorite books? Why are they your favorites? Answering that last question can help you start the journey to writing like your favorite authors.


You Have A Story

Every young girl and boy has stories to tell. Your stories matter! Whatever you think, whatever happens in your life, don’t be afraid to write about it. Every G&g box comes with a journal. Use yours to tell YOUR stories.



Anna Beth