I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE

This from a 15 year-old last week..

Dear sean,

Hi wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed reading your book “A waste of good paper” I would like to ask you for some tips on writing a book i like actually i love reading book and i finished reading your book the same day i got it from the library i am happy to add it to my collection of favourite books. I want to write a book about my life so far i am only 15 but i want to achieve something and i have started many times its just when it comes to going on i just become blank i forget everything or i just don’t know what to write. If you don’t mind telling me some of your secrets please do share. Thanks Nikolas [Nik the gamer]

My message back to him,
Hello Nik the gamer.
 
Welcome to the club.
 
If you get as far as becoming blank, forgetting everything and not knowing what to write, that sounds very hopeful.
 
People who are not writers don’t get that far!
 
If you keep reading other writers (of all kinds, from all over) and keep taking yourself to that place of not knowing what to write…and keep doing both these things some more…you will find out what it is you’ve got to write.
 
With all good wishes for your adventures with words,
 
Sean T