April 10th is National Encourage a Young Writer Day – a day we wholeheartedly support here at The Writer. Looking for ways to support a budding author in your own life? Here are some easy ideas:
Read their work – and encourage them to write more.
The simplest but most profound impact you can have on a young writer is to encourage their talent. If they ask you to read their work, do so with pride and pleasure. If they want suggestions, provide it, but always keep the tone upbeat and positive.
That said, never pressure a young writer to share their work. If they want you to read what they wrote, great! If not, it’s critical to ensure the page is a safe space where they can express themselves in private.