John Green, young adult writer and Internet celebrity, has won the Printz award and seen his latest book, The Fault in Our Stars, reach the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. Back in 2007, while participating in the Brotherhood 2.0 vlog project with his brother, Hank, he was asked if he had any advice for young writers. Drawing on his experience in publishing, as well as a couple of stories he wrote as an elementary school student, John says writers should know two key things:
First, reading is just as important as writing when you’re trying to be a writer because it’s the only apprenticeship we have. It’s the only way of learning HOW to write a story. Second, when you’re writing a story and you hope one day it will be published, you should write it for other people and not just for yourself.
This week, I challenge you to take a step away from what you’re currently writing and read another book. While you do so, ponder who you’re writing for.