Writers Buzz with Laura Thomas

by Hina Hazrat on 19th June, 2013 at 3:53 PM CEST

Writing is a serious, time-requiring and erudition-art. Some say it is an instinctive trait of their being that they can write, while others have to thrash about in order to become a superlative writer, and a writer who touches readers’ minds.

Having seen fellows around, I asked the reasons behind the impact of social media language (saying WAZZUP instead of What’s up?), which most of the time is breaking a real word in to chunks or with our own sense of reading cutting letters like a butcher, (Did u c what I mean?). Later it becomes a quandary for many, who forget to write correct spelling in professional writings or exams. For all the young writers, an exclusive Interview with Laura Thomas, Founder of Laura Thomas Communications.

How is writing journey coming along?

Extremely well. After almost 20 years of writing for others, I finally have a book coming out with my name on the cover. Polly Wants to be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published is going to be released in October.

How do you define a young, successful writer?

A young, successful writer is someone who has made the transition of writing for self to writing for an audience.

What are five important writing tips for young writers?

1) Read.

2) Write every day.

3) Get your inner critic under control.

4) Related to #3, never start editing until your first draft is finished.

5) Understand the writing process and where you are in it.

Do you think that active usage of social media is affecting the correct spelling habit of youth? 

This is one of the biggest problems youth in writing are facing! Using social media slang is perfectly fine when you are talking to someone online. But using social media slang in more formal settings will always get you into trouble and make you look like a jerk, like you just don't care.

Communication is about respect and about being smart enough, and kind enough, to know who you are talking to and what their expectations are. Sadly, respect for adults is even worse today than it was when I was a teen in the 1970s and 80s. Back then we used to call every adult by Mr., Mrs. or Ms., never by their first name. Nor would we even think of speaking our teen slang in the classroom and never on an exam. 

I think individuals, especially aspiring young writers, need to take responsibility for learning grammar and spelling. No excuses. If you can learn how to write WA'S UP, you can learn how to write WHAT'S UP. 

Which 5 qualities make a writing best? 

Depth + Unity + Tension + Simplicity + Focus = Good Writing

Is there any opportunity for young story writers? 

6th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Contest

Junior Authors Short Story Contest

Work for LTC as a Freelance Copywriter

Junior Bloggers Program

Short Story Feedback Program (part of my blog)

Free Writing Help Page

Connect with me on Write Q&A (Facebook)

by Hina Hazrat - Writers Action Team 11

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Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

What a wonderful interview with Laura Thomas. It's very informative and educative. Well done Hina! You asked brilliant questions and she gave brilliant and helpful answers for the readers. Lots of lessons to learn. Truly, getting used to using slang, shortcuts and abbreviations could really rubbish your writing on formal occasions. Someone gave me a cover letter for job application to proofread for them recently and it was full of slang and abbreviations. Everyone really needs to be wary not to mess up their writing by knowing when it's formal and when it's informal. Could I ask you to share the links to the opportunities for young story writers, that would help interested young writers take part.

19th June, 2013 @ 5:15 PM CEST

Syed Mehmood Kazmi

Syed Mehmood Kazmi | Action team

Amazing Interview with laura! This gave me a lot of information. Indeed very inspirational! Well done Hina.

19th June, 2013 @ 5:33 PM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Hey Hina! Great piece here and hot topic you have chosen! I often ask myself where stands reading today and consequently where stands writing today?

I like this answer: What are five important writing tips for young writers?
1) Read. <--- I can agree here that writing starts with reading. Reading can be everything. It's quite like a disease and then the wretch takes on writing.:)
I can add here what some of my teachers were discussing on class - imitate your favourite author, especially if you are up for writing fiction. Greatest authors like Marcel Proust had developed their style by imitating the style of previous greater writers.

And to complete my comment with question: what do you think on the emerging popularity of Creative Writing departments around the world?

19th June, 2013 @ 6:26 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Helpful article hina... Its really good..

19th June, 2013 @ 7:19 PM CEST

Audrey Tangonan

Audrey Tangonan

smart and pretty hina. :)

20th June, 2013 @ 8:11 AM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

really, its an amazing and very informative interview.....

24th June, 2013 @ 10:07 PM CEST

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