Today, another homeschooled fiction writer joins us. Peter Forbes is a senior, majoring in literature at Patrick Henry College. Peter, welcome to the program!
Hello, Mr. Smith, glad to be here!
Peter, on our last program, we heard about some of the advantages homeschooling offers to developing writers. Are there any particular challenges that young homeschooled fiction writers face?
Well, Mr. Smith, there are a few, and two of them come to mind right away. First, homeschooled fiction writers often write alone and don’t have a chance to discuss drafts of their works with other writers. C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were members of the Inklings, a literary group that would get together to read and critique drafts of each other’s stories. Inkling input helped create the books we know and love today. A homeschooled fiction writer should consider joining a homeschool writing workshop. You’ll be surprise how much you’ll benefit from a good workshop—even if you don’t agree with everything another writer says.
Another challenge is finding a place to publish your work. A great solution to this is entering short story competitions. Not only does this give you the opportunity to win prize money, but it’s a good way to gain notoriety to later use in pursuing a publisher. You can find short story competitions everywhere, especially those for young people—online, in magazines, through local organizations. Just keep your eyes open.
Peter, thanks for that valuable input! On our next program, we’ll discuss another resource to encourage and cultivate young writers. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.