You are too calculating. Don’t tell me you are young. Youth gives all it can: it gives itself without reserve.
-St. Josemaria Escriva
There is an innate desire within a young person to respond to the “callings” of youthhood. What are these callings?
Callings for greatness. For change. For renewal. For love. For Truth.
These are not only “callings” that every youth possess, whether knowingly or not. They are cries; even if a young person doesn’t know it, even if I don’t know it, there is a part of me that cries out for these callings, desperately yearning to fulfill them.
To be young is powerful; to be young is to be innovative. To be young is to be idealist–and a little naive, yes. But to be young is to have strength and, to quote the saint above, to “give itself without reserve”.
Have you ever turned on a popular kids TV show and been amazed by the simplicity, the beauty, the innocence, and the passion with which the characters think, act, and speak? Think about Avatar: The Last Airbender. There is so much we can take away from this television series; the beauty of it all, the innocence of the characters, their child-like yet laudable determination to bring justice to the world…the list goes on and on!
Think of Katniss from The Hunger Games and her desire to bring about change within her world, to rip out the old and bring in the new. Think about so much of the anime out there that features young characters pitted against older opponents. This style of story telling, in which youth struggles against the old, the innocence of truth fights against the lies of the world, is not practiced merely so that the stories will appeal to children. Having younger characters is not merely fanservice. There is something unique, deep, and profound that the youthfulness inside of us is trying to say, whether we know it or not.
The world needs youth, and it needs change. We must never cast wisdom and experience aside; we must never cast Truth aside. But the change that the world requires must come from youth…because it is the youth of the world that will shape the future.
What are we doing to empower young people to initiate this change in the world and renew the good parts of the old, while casting off the mediocrity of the past?
Writing is my way to be a rebel. To be defiant. To rise up to the challenges of the world and declare that I will not be defeated. I am strong and powerful because of writing. Because of writing, I can create change. Because of writing, I can declare the Truth.
Roaring out like a lion, fighting with the fire of innocent, pure determination…crying out that youth has come to reclaim what the world was always meant to be.
I’m an idealist, I know 🙂
If anyone is interested in joining a young writer’s club, please contact me in the comment section below or email me at aultsom23(at)gmail(dot)com! Age range: 15-22 (exceptions can be made). Participation required: (minimal/as much as you want!)
Oh, and did I mention that I wrote a book that simply BREATHES everything I just talked about above?
Alrighty people, I’ve finally got things up and running.
If you would like to join my young writers club, The Voice of Youth, please say so in the comment section below. I will send you an invitation to become an Author of my new blog, the blog upon which the club will be based. As an Author, you will be able to create your own posts and contribute your own thoughts to the rest of the club. All I need is your “yes” and your username or email, and you’ll be admitted!
To get some people up to speed…
This club is for youths ages 15-22 (exceptions can be made though).
We are all about helping each other become better writers by sharing our work, constructively critiquing others, and discussing diverse writing topics.
For newly published/self published authors, we are all about promoting each other and helping each other get the most attention possible.
Participation requirements: minimal (we are flexible)
Rules of conduct: Be courteous. No bullying, threats, inappropriate comments, images, or publications of any kind. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in termination of your membership.
With all that out of the way, let’s have fun! 😀 😀 😀
Here’s the mission statement:
The Voice of Youth is a group of writers dedicated to helping each other write stories that promote the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, by providing constructive criticism, honest feedback, and promotional resources, so as to create a vibrant writing community with enough power to move mountains.
If you are on board with all of this, or if you have any questions, please feel free to comment!
So excited to get this started! If you’re interested, don’t be shy!!
Writing is at times a lonely endeavor. You start out with a sense of determination, as if writing and promoting your story is your destiny. The road seems long and challenging, but you’re ready to face whatever will come. Maybe there’s a mountain or two you have to climb, but the winding pathways of those mountains will have their serene moments, their glorious panoramas, moments of beauty.
You feel all of this before you start you journey…and then, well, the journey actually starts. And it’s a lot worse than you anticipated.
You thought perhaps the solitude would give you a sense of purpose, maybe even a sense of heroism, since heroes rarely actually share glory. But now you’re feeling as if loneliness is closing in on all sides, and you feel as if everything you do is worthless because there’s nobody to see the progress you’re making. Maybe it doesn’t even feel like progress, because no one is cheering you on.
The mountains don’t seem so fair when you’ve now got this negative outlook on your journey. Instead of being a journey filled with adventure and excitement, it’s a journey filled with struggle, stress, and fear. You thought you could carry the world on your shoulders, but now, the world is crushing you.
Writing…hmm…doesn’t seem so great any more.
So you try to find some friends, but you can tell your friendship doesn’t run deep. You share your feelings with them, and they share their feelings with you, but neither party is willing to drink what washes over them. You are both unwilling to engage each other and enter into each other’s lives. Secretly, you are both competing for the same prize.
You wonder if companionship is possible. You wonder if it’s even possible to break free of your loneliness, of your depression, of your stress. You cannot connect with anyone, you cannot find help, and you don’t know why.
Until you find the Tree.
Each person is but a mere branch. We tend to think that we are our own tree, growing up in the big, intimidating forest. But no. We are all a part of the same tree.
Big and small, young and old, something connects all writers. The moment we realize this, the moment we stop pushing and shoving. We stop fighting for attention. We stop cheating on each other, looking over our shoulders, and being dishonest. We stop patting each other, and ourselves, on the back. We become critical because we care. We become attentive because we want to be. We become a community.
We become what we were meant to be…a part of the Tree.
A Tree cannot survive without roots. One day, each of us will take part in becoming those roots. But this won’t happen unless we accept our role in being a branch…just a branch. Not the trunk. Not the roots. A branch.
I am a branch of this tree, and you are too, most likely. The Tree that connects us the part of ourselves that longs to set our imagination free; the part of ourselves that yearns for creative expression, that yearns for beauty, and truth, and goodness, and a desire to share this. We are all in love with the same thing. We are all in love with the Tree. We must only look deep enough to see that we are all a part of it.
I am a part of this tree. Are you?
Yes, that’s a long title. But I wanted to get your attention.
I am literally thinking up all of this on the fly. But wouldn’t it be great if a Young Writer’s Club was started on WordPress? Does something like this actually exist?
The purpose of the club would be to promote unity, critical thinking, support, and shared love of writing with other young authors.
Age range would be for people between 15 and 22. Exceptions could be made.
This would be more a MOVEMENT, not an official club. I would essentially “run the show”, but I would be equal to every member. If anyone has an idea for how to promote our club, or an idea for a direction we go in, please voice your opinion!
Once again, thinking on the fly…
We could meet once every week? Once every two weeks? Once every month? Preferably on a Saturday or Sunday, when people don’t have classes?
The only thing I am interested in promoting for personal reasons is the following mission statement:
(Insert name of club) is a group of writers dedicated to helping each other write stories that promote the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, by providing constructive criticism, honest feedback, and promotional resources, so as to create a vibrant writing community with enough power to move mountains.
(I’m still working on that last part, but it sounds epic, right?)
Let’s face it. What’s the power of old people? Experience.
What’s the power of young people? Fearlessness. Passion. Lots and lots of passion.
As a movement of young writers, I’d like to see young writers USING their passion. And using it for good. That part about the “true, good, and beautiful” in the mission statement wasn’t something I pulled out of my butt. That phrase is taken from what Ancient Greek philosophers and artists tried to proclaim and portray through their art.
We want to proclaim what is True because nothing is more wonderful to the mind than the Truth.
The Truth will show us, and therefore society, what is Good.
And, once we understand the Good, we can manifest what is Beautiful.
It’s a wonderful philosophy, isn’t it?
What do you think?
If you are within the age range of 15-22 and are interested in joining or have any questions, please comment or email me at:
“What if my story isn’t good enough?”
“What if no one likes my idea?”
“Do I feel bored of my own idea?”
Have you ever had these doubts? Of course you have. If you’re a writer, then you’ve probably wrestled with these fears before, or you’re wrestling with them right now. We constantly fear being rejected, being forgotten, or seeing our hard work go to waste.
The truth is, writing a story is a lot like being in a relationship.
“What if he doesn’t like me”
“What if I’m not good enough for her?”
“Do I feel bored with my relationship?”
It’s crazy how similar writing is to a relationship. What’s important to remember, I think, is that, as in relationships, we have to PERSEVERE. I mean, if a relationship isn’t good for us or the other person, usually we stop, right? Hopefully we do. And the same goes with writing. If a “story relationship” REALLY isn’t working out, meaning you don’t feel captivated by your own story, or you are feeling like it isn’t worth it, then maybe it’s time to find a different story.
HOWEVER, it’s okay to just “not feel it” some days. That happens in real life relationships…but that doesn’t mean the relationship is bad. Bad days happen. Good days also happen too. And it’s important to remember that and, once again, PERSEVERE.
You’re never going to get what you want and be where you want to be in ANY kind of relationship unless you persevere.
Rekindle your imagination. Think of your favorite parts. Rewrite and reread. Fall in love again. Make plans. Take breaks. And, most importantly, be patient. Great writers don’t fall from the sky, so you probably won’t either!
Writing a story is like being in a relationship. What’s your relationship like?
A writer is not scared. He or she can’t be. We have to be willing to accept the challenges, the looks, the inner and outer demons, in order to truly say that we are writers.
We all get doubts. Is this career even possible? Will I ever go anywhere with my writing? Will anyone want to read my stuff?
A writer is not scared.
A writer is also not alone.
Every single day can feel like agony if you convince yourself that you’re alone…but you’re not. WordPress is a great place to make acquaintances with other writers and build a community. It’s hard to be a writer and feel like you are your only fan, you’re the only person looking out for you, you’re the only person going through all the struggles. Well, you’re not.
A writer is not alone.
A writer is also not a cry baby.
Look, nobody likes criticism. But, in the words of my father, criticism is the only way that we can truly grow. As writers, we need to be critics of ourselves; we have to be willing to let go and change what we’ve done, even though it hurts to do so. We have to be willing to listen to others, take advice, and be humble when an editor says “This is crap”.
A writer is not a cry baby.
A writer is also not a quitter.
So many writers…MOST writers, I daresay, could’ve quit. They could’ve said “You know what, I’m too busy. I can’t make time to write.” It’s so easy to make excuses, it’s so easy to just forget about it for one day, or resign ourselves to the belief that it’s not possible. We’ll never finish the book, we’ll never get a contract, no one will like us.
Lies. All of them. If you are a writer, than you cannot be a quitter.
A writer is not a quitter.
Or a cry baby.
Now get out there and do it. Write!
So I wrote a fantasy novel! It’s called Elithius. It’s only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle, and only $12 as a paperback. You can check it out here. You’re welcome.
Hey there! It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve heard from blogging experts that you shouldn’t apologize for not blogging…but…well, here we go.
I have to admit that I’ve been busy recovering from a knee injury (I had to get surgery, then I had to rehab it, etc.). I’m doing fine though. Of course, I also have to admit that part of my absence could largely be attributed to laziness.
Now, what kind of a writer/author allows himself to grow so lazy! Tisk tisk…at me.
So, I’ve been gone for a long time. But I haven’t been entirely lazy during my absence. If you go to my blog, you’ll realize that a lot of things have changed. First of all, I’ve FINALLY gotten my blog to look the way I want it to. It looks exciting and peaceful at the same time (which is weird, but that’s just like me :D).
The second thing you should notice is that the homepage is a static page, explaining what my blog is about. The most important thing for you to gather is that now ALL OF MY BOOKS WILL BE GOING ONTO MY BLOG.
The next important thing for you to notice is how I’m going to be writing about more than just my book series. I want to share with all of you my thoughts on being a young Christian man, all my thoughts concerning writing, all my thoughts concerning anime, and just about art and the world in general. There’s a lot to talk about, and I don’t want to limit myself to blogging just about The Golden Lands (however great it is :D). I’ll still give you updates on my writing endeavors/achievements. But I want all of you to get to know my as a person, as a writer…not just a guy trying to sell you his work.
I hope this post finds you well. And I hope you haven’t forgotten about me!
Stay awesome, dear followers!