As authors, we have the opportunity to pass on our knowledge to other aspiring writers. I’m sure you remember those who helped you grow along the way and become the writer you are today. Why not pay it forward and teach someone else what you’ve learned?
There are many young people who could benefit from your expertise. Students in English classes and high school writing programs are always willing to learn from someone who has already been where they are right now. Sometimes it’s helpful to these students to learn from someone other than their teacher, to gain a different perspective on writing.
You may also find someone who needs a mentor outside of the classroom. This person could be a neighbor or family member, or even the son or daughter of a friend who has expressed an interest in writing. There are also aspiring writers at conferences and conventions who are looking for help. Check around to see who could use your help, find out what they need, and go from there. You will be happy that you helped another writer learn and grow.
One day they will thank you for sharing your knowledge. And don’t forget to express appreciation for those who mentored you along the way. If you are still in contact with them, you can thank them in person, or you can send a letter or email if they are far away. It is always a good thing to let someone know how much they helped you and how much it means to you.
If you’re looking for another way to mentor other writers, we are looking for authors to write guest posts here on our blog. You can share your own personal writing tips and information, reaching other writers who could use your words of wisdom. If you are interested in writing a guest post, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Marie Cauley