I wrote a my first semi decent punk rock song last week. Pretty cool. I guess hanging out with deep and dark poets is really helping. I'm talking to you Lelainna!
Are you a reluctant reader? Do you know one? The best place to start reading is to read what you're interested in. Rock and Roll? Sex? Drugs? Gaming? Adventure? Sports? Just pick a topic. There's a million books out there. Have trouble with long chapters and big words? I know exactly where you're coming from. I still check to see how long a chapter is before I start reading, that's probably why I like comics so much.
Well if you know a reluctant reader or are one yourself check out my two published books Schizo and Hook Up. The first has Rock n' Roll and the second has Sex!!! What fun. You can buy them here: http://www.lorimer.ca/childrens/Contributor/1034/Kim-Firmston.html
My daughter is getting ready for her grade six PATs in English. The cool thing is, she's in grade five. Do my teaching methods work? Oh yes. Of course this doesn't relieve any nerves she has. But the same thing I teach the kids in all my writing classes is the same thing I keep going over with my daughter. Pick your main character. Give him or her a Goal, Motive, and Conflict. Build your plot using a try/fail cycle where whatever your character does makes things worse or complicates things in some way. Make the climax so dire even the reader can't figure out a solution. Then be really clever and end with some kind of change in your character. Of course there's a lot more to it than that. But it's a great place to start for any young writer. Basically, writing 101.
Writer, Teacher, Mutant. What more could you want?