SAMANTHA VAN LEER is a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development. She cowrote the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the Lines, with her mother, Jodi Picoult. Their latest novel, Off the Page, comes out on May 19th.
Check out Samantha’s top tips for aspiring writers.
1. READ READ READ. It will help you figure out where your kind of writing fits into the whole wide scope of books that already exist.
2. CARVE OUT TIME TO WRITE. During that time, do not check Snapchat or text your friends or let anything else distract you. If you don’t give yourself dedicated time to create, you won’t. It’s that simple. It doesn’t have to be long – a half hour each day is a start — but it has to be consistent and it has to be uninterrupted.
3. TAKE A WRITING WORKSHOP COURSE — These are offered online, or in schools, or at writing programs targeted for teens. Taking a workshop will teach you two things: to write on demand, and to learn to give and get criticism. Those are the two most important tools in a writer’s arsenal!
Prince Oliver, the main character of my latest novel, has come to life and he’s made his own YouTube channel! Check out this video he made to introduce himself. And don’t forget to subscribe to his channel to get the latest news and updates about the prince.