• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Writing Wednesday Tips for Teens - Week 4

And we are back for another writing Wednesday. Last week Frank Morelli discussed planning out your story. This week we cover staying motivated. National Novel Writing Month is a big endeavor and if you’ve taken it on I’m super impressed.


Staying Consistent

We are just two weeks into the challenge and I’m sure you are starting to wonder were that end of the tunnel is. But don’t quit! This week challenge, try you hand at some mini challenges. Grab a friend and see who can write the most words in 15 minutes. 30 minutes.


Looking for more help? Try this book:

The Writing Experiment: Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing by Hazel Smith


The Writing Experiment demystifies the process of creative writing, showing that successful work does not arise from talent or inspiration alone. Hazel Smith breaks down writing into incremental stages, revealing processes that are often unconscious or unacknowledged, and shows how they can become part of a systematic writing strategy.

The book encourages writers to take an explorative and experimental approach to their work. It relates practical strategies for writing to major twentieth-century literary and cultural movements, including postmodernism.

Suitable for both beginners and experienced writers, The Writing Experiment covers many genres including fiction, poetry, writing for performance and new media. Each chapter is illustrated with extensive examples of both student work and published writing, and challenging exercises offer writers at all levels opportunities to develop their skills.


Frank Morelli



Frank Morelli is the author of the young adult novel, No Sad Songs (2018), a 2019 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee, a VOX top Hopepunk title, and winner of a 2019 American Fiction Award for best coming-of-age story.

The first book in his debut middle grade series, Please Return To: Norbert M. Finkelstein, was released in September 2019 and was named a Book Excellence Award finalist. The second installment in the ‘Please Return To’ series, Please Return To: Toby Solanois now available wherever books are sold.

Morelli’s fiction and essays have also been featured in The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Highlights Magazine.


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