Where Teens Write is closing its doors as a teen writing community, but the “how to write” blog posts will be up for another few weeks.
I’m happy to announce that you can post your stories and get feedback over at Teen Author’s Journal. Like WTW, it’s a smaller community where you can build relationships with others and hone your writing skills.
It’s been a great few years with all of you, but it’s time to close the doors to this community. If you did post stories here that you didn’t save anywhere else, and you’d like them, you may contact me using the contact page, and I’ll get you your story. Thank you for participating.
All the best,

An Invite to Write

writing prompt

Years ago, a dear friend shared some wisdom which is the inspiration for this prompt. I’d been griping about somebody being a flake, somebody who’d flaked on me over…and over…and over.

But I had failed to learn and felt perfectly justified in my complaining.

My wise friend said, “The first time someone tells you who they are, believe them. It’ll save you a ton of grief.”

Huh? I thought about this sentiment quite a bit.

And now, it’s become a rule I live by.

If someone “tells” me that they’re a “flake” by leaving me high and dry, I believe them the very first time and learn not to rely on them again.

This was an, “oh, duh” moment in my life that helped me to accept people for who they are and to avoid getting upset for them not being who I’d like them to be.

It’s also a fun idea for stories because we can ask our characters the same questions. Who are they, really? Are characters who they say they are? Are they their actions? Their words?

Can you believe them? Or not?

For this month’s prompt, write a story, no more than 750 words, based on the prompt:

“Believe somebody the first time they tell you who they are.”

Tag your story “February Invite to Write” and post it on the “Write” page. I’ll highlight the best stories in the February or March end of month round-up email.

Happy Writing,


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