Today I am drinking a fresh roasted Papua New Guinea coffee with cream.
What are you drinking?
I recently got a request from an author that was a teenager. I was super impressed and agreed to review the book. It was pretty good. One thing I noticed though that the character’s lacked some intricacies. The characters were a little bit flat. I don’t think this had to do with the writer’s craft.
I think it had to do with age and lack of experience. It’s not a bad thing, it just got me to wondering can young authors write while lacking life experience they will accumulate later on in life.
My conclusion is it shouldn’t stop them from writing… Yet, one of two things need to happen: 1) The reader needs to consider the author’s age and expect that some things will be lacking. 2) The writer needs to write closer to their own life experience.
I am all for young authors, but their lack of life experience may put them in a league all their own and may need to be evaluated on a different scale than an author who is not a teenager.
What do you think?