Writing Tips

Interested in submitting your work? Try these suggestions to help get your thoughts flowing and on the way to being published in Gen Writers Magazines and website. Keep in mind that we receive more poetry and articles than any other type of writing, so follow these tips and our learning resources carefully to improve and get your stories published for free. All your writings and works can be Entertaining, Solution driven, informative and Humorous.

Reviews: Books, Movies, Music, & Colleges or universities.

Interviews, Community Service, Environment, Religion Entertainment and Sports.

Reviews

We're always looking for well-written reviews of books, music, concerts, movies, television shows, websites, and video games. When writing a review, concentrate on exactly what you liked or didn't like. Let the world feel your excitement and positivity. Give examples of strengths and weaknesses, be descriptive and provide background information on an author, director, actor or musician, if possible. Find professional reviews in magazines or newspapers and see how reviewers tackle their topic, but be sure to express your own voice in your review. Plagiarism (duplicate or stolen works) is a serious offense. Grammar Hint for Reviews: When describing a book, movie, album or anything else, use the present tense.

Book Reviews

Discuss an author's technique, strengths and weaknesses – don't just summarize the plot. Talk about how the book reveals Knowledge, equality, livelihoods among others. Does the story flow? Is there a strong sense of character and place? Did you stay up until dawn to finish it? Is it good reading for teenagers? What impact did it have on you and why? If you've read other books by the same author, discuss how this book compares.

Music Reviews

Consider an album's overall tone and message. Talk about how the song tells the reveals the true African story and livelihood. What is the music's appeal? There's no need to review every song on the album; if a few are similar, discuss their themes and why you think they're emphasized. If there are wildly different songs, compare and contrast the style and artist's handling of the variety. If you're familiar with the artist or band, discuss how the album compares with previous albums.

College / Universities Reviews

Which African University interest you? Have you visited there before? Have you had or heard of its campus experience? Begin by providing an overview of the college or university, including location, size and a description of the campus and/or dorm life. Think about all aspects of your college visit. What academic, athletic and extracurricular programs are available? What are the students like? What makes the college different from others? Every school has strengths and weaknesses. Be objective. Consider what the school has to offer and who might enjoy or benefit the most from attending there.

Community Service

More teenagers and Youths in the world are now much involved in community service than before. Here's your chance to share your experiences with teens and youths across the country and world. Submitting an essay describing your volunteer work not only gives you a chance to be published in Gen Writers Club, but also automatically enters you in our annual Winners receive an award for their charity and volunteerism!

Environment

Are you barred from your favourite beaches by signs warning of toxic waters? Do you watch the trash go by as you cruise the highway? Are you overwhelmed by how many people there are running around this little planet? Submitting an environmental piece not only gives you a chance to be published in Teen Ink, but also enters you in our annual Environmental Essay Contest./p>

Be creative. Write a descriptive essay or poem. Use your imagination and write about any aspect of the environment, including its relationship with humans. Did you spend a favourite afternoon hiking in the woods? What did the birds sound like? How did the sun feel?

Write an educational piece. Recall an encounter with nature that affected you. Remember how close that Bird flew to you? It was beautiful! But then you found out its breeding grounds and future are in danger. Write about your experience and how it changed your outlook on life and the environment.

Offer a solution. Have an idea on how to save the world? Your solution may be practical, impractical or a dream. Any idea will be considered. Be sure to do your research. Talk to your science teacher or environment club advisor. Look for information online or at the library. Don't be afraid to give details, but make sure all your facts are correct. YOU ARE SAVING THE WORLD!!

What to say ?

Your essay can be about a one-time experience or an ongoing activity. Elaborate on an especially compelling moment or simply describe what you do to help others. Give details of your experience, both in terms of the volunteer work and its effect on you personally. Why did you begin volunteering? What impact did you have? How did the experience change you or others? What did you learn? If you are writing about a particular issue or organization, give background information. This is your chance to tell your the country and world about the cause.

Let them know why it is important or meaningful to you. Also, be descriptive and give examples of your experience. How did you feel on your first day? What was it like to meet new people and learn new things? Make your story as compelling as possible. Remember: what you write may inspire other youth to get involved and do better!/p>

Interviews

Discover more about the life and history of family members, friends, neighbours or anyone else who interests you! Learn about different professions, lifestyles and backgrounds.

Who / How to interview

Everyone has a story; it's up to you to get it! Remember, you don't have to interview a famous person. Interview a grandparent or neighbour, or ask your parents, teachers or friends to introduce you to someone interesting. Then do your research - find out as much about your subject as possible before the interview. This way you'll know what kinds of questions to ask and be a better interviewer..

Writing the interview

You can talk for as long as you want, but when writing the interview try to keep it between 500 and 2,500 words. Begin with an introductory paragraph explaining who you interviewed, why and what conclusions you have drawn from your discussion. Use a Question and Answer format and make sure the answers are accurate quotations. Edit out ramblings and extra words..

General Writing Tips

Getting started

Brainstorm for ideas and make an outline of what you want to say. Remember who your audience is. Get your ideas and main points down. There's plenty of time for revising and polishing.

Writing your work

You've heard it before: every piece of writing needs a beginning, a middle and an end. Is your first sentence an attention getter? Is the body of the piece tight and coherent? Is your ending balanced with the rest of the piece? Did you get all your points across? Does your writing read the way you want it to?

Watch out for redundancies, clichés or obvious statements. Don't be afraid to get rid of excess adjectives, entire sentences or paragraphs (scary thought, but you can do it!). Ask someone else to read your writing to see if it makes sense to them and to check for errors..

Revise, revise, Submit

You've got something that resembles an article or a story. Now find a red pen and read it out loud like you've never seen it before. Make sure your verbs are active, not passive; check for flow, clarity, sentence structure, smooth transitions between paragraphs, tense consistency and spelling errors. Submit it.

You've written, proofed, corrected, proofed and proofed again. Now it's time to let your polished piece shine. Follow us on social media - Gen Writers Club. Congratulations on all your hard work, and good luck!

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