I was in 3rd grade the first time I realized I didn’t have friends. The kids that I thought were my friends ran away from me on the playground one day. They just kept running…no matter how much I tried to catch up.
You see, by the time I was in 4th grade I’d already moved around to 4 different schools. Being the “new” kid was never any fun. To make matters worse, I stood out awkwardly with my red hair and freckles. And on top of that, I wasn’t really the type of kid to just go along with what everyone else was doing.
"Square peg in a round hole" is an idiom, describing an unusual individual who can’t fit into a niche of his or her society. That. Was. Me.
Is that you today? I want you to know, U R NOT ALONE. There are millions of teens across the world that feel this way every single day.
So, what can we do when our playmates run away on the playground, or someone lies about us in a huge way that has a negative effect on our life, or one of our best friends decides that we’re just not enough for them?
Well, we could sit down and feel sorry for ourselves, but that won’t make us brave. We could ignore the fact that we’re hurting, but that will just make you angry. Or we could acknowledge our pain and turn that into something we can use to make us better. Which brings me to having a writing plan.
Over the years, as I experienced times of pain and loneliness, I turned to writing. What do you like to write? Poetry? Short stories? Novels? Or in your diary? Not every type of writing needs a plan, but it can certainly help if you have goals for where your writing might take you.
When I first sit down to write a novel, I always brainstorm major characters and plot points first. What is my story about? Where is it going to ultimately end up? Who are the characters that are going to take me there?
How do you like to start your writing cycle?
Sit down this week and start mapping out what you’d like to write about. What steps can you take to develop your writing plan?
Doing life together, my Epic Inkers…
Dear Epic Inkers,
I felt out of place as a teen...more than once. But the truth is, we're only as alone as we choose to be. I'm not saying it's easy to make friends or feel connected with people, but don't be discouraged!