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Help your child achieve their dream career (Part one)

Icon graphic of Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
Icon graphic of Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
Christine Smith

This is the first in a series of articles about helping your child achieve their dream career. A child in high school will be thinking about what path they want to follow after graduation, be it one which requires a college degree or one they only need to finish high school or may be one they can begin right away. However, they may not know what they need to do in order to get the job. These articles will give you suggestions on what you can do to help your child from people who are established in their respective fields.
Becoming an author is more than sitting down in front of a computer and writing a story. Like any other career, talent needs to be honed. Just like a parent who takes their child to their weekly soccer games, a parent can be involved with their child's writing endeavors. Click on the books icon to find what authors Elizabeth Allen, Laura Diamond, Christine Fonseca, Elana Johnson suggest to help you support your child's dream.

Elizabeth Allen
Elizabeth Allen Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen’s debut Women’s Fiction novel, Who Got Liz Gardner, was published in April 2009 as the result of an international contest. The sequel to it, Discovering Arugula, was released January of 2011. She released her third novel, Ima Pigg, a Young Adult/SciFi tale in 2013.

“I would encourage my child to read first and foremost. Not just popular contemporary work, but the classics.
I would suggest she be the most observant person she can; real life frequently delivers the best stories and plot twists right to our front stoop.
While I believe having basic grammar and English knowledge is important, I would tell her to identify which style of writing she most enjoys reading - that may end up being her writing voice. Finally, I would just suggest pounding away at a keyboard with complete abandon when she has an idea. Don't criticize, don't edit, don't manipulate. Just let it flow and see what happens.”

You can find Elizabeth's latest release at

Laura Diamond
Laura Diamond Laura Diamond

Laura Diamond

Laura Diamond is a best-selling author. She writes Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror and Middle Grade Fiction. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance Novel Shifting Pride was a best seller in Young Adult fiction ebooks. Her most recent release is Young Adult dystopian, a sequel to Endure entitled Evoke.

The most important thing I'd tell a kid who wants to be a writer is to PRACTICE and JUST KEEP WRITING, no matter what. It's important to keep an open mind when receiving feedback, but it's also important to keep it in perspective--buckling under too much negativity can kill creativity and that's just not good! Finally, I'd encourage a teen writer to read as much as they possibly can.

Laura's latest novel, Evoke, can be ordered at

Christine Fonseca
Christine Fonseca Christine Fonseca

Christine Fonseca

Christine Fonseca writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction titles include Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World and The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World. And her fiction writing includes the Gothic romance Requiem series.

To encourage the future writer Christine suggests a few things a parent can do:
1) Encourage journaling - daily if possible
2) Promote READING
3) Help the child start a blog
4) Participate in either NaNoWriMo or similar writing adventures
5) Get internships with local papers
6) Join local writers groups or online writing groups

All of these promote and encourage the young (and not-so-young) writer!

Christine's Girl Guide is available at

Elana Johnson
Elana Johnson Erin Summerill

Elana Johnson

Elana Johnson is the author of Elevated, a Young Adult contemporary novel-in-verse, her debut young adult romance novel. She also wrote the young adult dystopian series Possession series. Her ebook From the Query to the Call, is a book every writer needs to read before they query.

“Something a parent can do to help encourage their child to be a writer is allow them the luxury of believing they can become or do anything they want to become or do. That's the greatest gift you can give to someone who wants to pursue something creative.”

Order Elena's newest release Evoke at

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