Monday, May 3, 2010

Why Write? Youthologist Vanessa Van Petten Speaks

Vanessa Van Petten, youthologist and teen author of the parenting book You’re Grounded!, manages, a parenting blog written by 119 teen writers, ages 12-20 to help parents and adults get an honest and open view into the world and mind of youth. Van Petten's work and blog have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, CNN, Fox News, Real Housewives of Orange County, and much more! She won the Moms Choice Award in 2009 and her work is read by over 300,000 adults.

Why is writing so important for young adults?
Writing is an essential life skill. Whether you are doing writing for your college applications, a note to your boss, or birthday thank you cards ... you always need to express yourself through the written word! I also think writing is another creative outlet for young people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were a tween or teen?
The more practice the better. It is said that you need 10,000 hours of practice to become really amazing at something. When I was younger I wish I had practiced more of my short story and poetry ideas without being afraid that it was "stupid" or "silly."

How has the ability to express yourself helped you in life?
There is not a single area of my life that my ability to express myself has NOT helped. Writing has become such an escape, a comfort and a challenge. Expressing yourself is one of the few skills that can grow as you do.

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