We are currently looking to expand our blogging team. Do you fancy the idea of submitting a blog as a Guest Contributor? Here at the Diary Of a Young Writer we are looking for anyone between the ages of 16-25 years to submit a blog about their experiences and thoughts on writing. This can be anything from novel writing, script writing, songwriting, poetry and more. We will proudly present your blog along with your name and author bio on our website and social media pages where thousands of people will see

If you’re unsure whether your ideas are suitable or where to begin then you can start by reading through previous blog entries written by Caitlin Lynagh and Jen Hughes to get an idea of what we are after. We don’t ‘expect’ a certain kind of blog post – we just want to hear an honest, concise account of your experiences, somewhere between 500 and 1,000 words.

Do you think you can but need some inspiration?
Fear not! We have crafted a list of some potential prompts or topics to start you on your way. The good thing about these is that you can mix and match between them, depending on what you’re wanting to write about or your own experiences, but you may want to just take a few of these for brevity’s sake.

  • Your first/earliest writing experience.
  • Your first/earliest experience showcasing your work.
  • Your experience in the industry, if you have any.
  • Your writing inspirations- who or what inspired you to start writing?
  • What do you write?
  • What is your writing process?
  • What projects are you working on at the moment? How are they coming along?
  • Why do you write what you write?
  • Have you any tips or advice for aspiring writers in your genre/medium?
  • What opportunities or events are there for writers in your area?
  • How do you achieve a work-life balance?
  • If you’re a professional or semi-professional writer, what does your day look like?
  • If you’re an amateur writer, what does your day look like?
  • What are your experiences collaborating with others? Have you worked with non-writers on a project? What was that like?
  • Do you think you need to do further study to be a good writer, like go to college or university or take writing classes? Why do you feel this way?
  • What does your writer’s brain look like? What is your writing process?
  • Do you have any tips for researching?
  • Do you think research is necessary or do you think it’s better to write about what you know?
  • Do you have tips for getting over writer’s block?
  • What interesting things have you done in the name of art?

Don’t worry if your idea for a writing-related blog post isn’t on this list. These are just prompts to warm up your brain and inspire you. Any memories of your writing, good or bad, are all welcome.
Once you’re satisfied with your blog post, send it to submissions@outletpublishinggroup.com with a quirky picture and brief bio, with links to your social media and/or website. Please note that we may not accept all blogs that are sent to us, but we will contact you if we like your blog and we will aim to get your blog up within four weeks from your submission date. We’re so looking forward to reading your work, and hearing some fresh.

Happy writing!

Jen Hughes is a young writer from Ayrshire, Scotland. She has been furiously scribbling ideas and writing elaborate stories from as early as age seven. In her fiction and poetry, she has been published in a wide variety of online journals and magazines such as Pulp Metal Magazine, Idle Ink, McStorytellers and Ogivile Press; as well as having read out at various open mike and spoken word events in her area. When it comes to blogging, she hopes to make up for her lack of experience with enthusiasm (which seems to be how she approaches most jobs, funnily enough). It’s a learning journey and, in the spirit of the blogger, she’ll be documenting as much of it as possible in her monthly entries. Her up-to-date portfolio of short stories, flash fictions and poems can be found on her website www.dearoctopuswriting.wordpress.com. Jen is currently studying English Literature and Film &TV Studies in Glasgow, Scotland.

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