Teenage years are a time when you are maturing and getting ready to be a better person, so you are exposed to a variety of experiences that may influence who you are as an adult. Everyone, not just aspiring writers, needs to be able to communicate effectively in order to thrive in our increasingly complex world. Writing is a skill that we will all need at some point in our lives. Learning to write as a teenager will help you become a confident adult who can effectively convey their views to others.
Here are 7 ways writing could benefit teenagers;
Individual thinking and self-discovery:
Writing content, especially for the web, requires extensive research, brainstorming, and finding out other people’s perspectives on issues. Good content comes from forming your own opinion and backing it up with facts. Writing helps teenagers form their own opinions, criticism and perspectives. They begin to develop opinions about their lives, the books they are reading a topic being discussed in class, or events happening around them.
Writing helps to teens to not just form opinions but also be able to effectively convey these thoughts to other people. For teenagers who are still growing and are on a path of self-discovery, this process helps you discover things that matter to you and things that don’t. These are skills that would be useful while interacting with your peers, speaking up in classes, and even in work spaces.
College and Career development:
While applying to most colleges, students are expected to write a personal essay so they can be considered for admission. Additionally, writing is a significant part of almost every college-level course, including courses in topics like economics, biology, and even Math. For students who are already familiar with the concept of writing it would be less difficult to follow up in these classes.
The skill of writing is also a requirement for most fields and industry and having writing as a skill on your resume may put you on an edge over other applicants who do not.
Writing as a teenager can open numerous opportunities for you both now and in the future.
There are so many people who are making their living writing full time and starting out early as a writer would allow you build your portfolio and in turn make it easier to be successful as a write r if that is the path you choose to take.
Writing also makes it possible to earn even as a teenager. There are so many sites that allows teens under 18 years to sign up, write and get paid for their services. Sites like Hubpages
, Fiverr, Upwork, and Medium amongst many others.
Writing contents also develops emotional intelligence. Showing empathy with a character in your story, conveying different emotions in your piece of work and also communicating your thoughts to your readers can help you manage and connect with your feelings. This in turn helps you develop stronger relationships, and achieve your professional and personal goals
Improves critical thinking and logic skills:
Critical thinking is the ability to evaluate and analyze situations and issues either from social media, events around you, news, magazines, historical facts, even textbooks and form an opinion about it
This is a skill that’s not only used while writing but also seen in geometry when writing proofs to back up your solving. Writing trains people to carefully analyze the situation and facts available before forming their ideas and arguing points.
Helps improves focus and memory:
Have you ever read or heard something and then tried to remember it later but failed? That could be because you did not write it down.
A better way for teens and adults to synthesize, analyze, and retain information is to put their ideas into words on paper (or a computer screen).
This is because while writing, you would need to remember points and important information gotten from lengthy articles or books and then clearly communicate these points to your readers. This process helps to exercise your brain, sharpen your memory and improve your focus
In a world where short form texts and the use of emojis and GIFs are the common form of communications. Writing would help to build communication skills that may have been forgotten. It would help improve your vocabulary, sentence structure and use of punctuations. And also enhance your communication skill as a teenager would benefit you greatly as an adult because if effective communication isn’t learnt at a young age, the problem may become worse as time goes on.
While the opportunity to improve your writing skills is becoming more limited in the classroom, taking steps to improve your writing skills can help develop a variety of benefits. Writing allows you to be creative while earning money and doing something you enjoy.