We’re excited to announce that Andrea Woolf, author of the phenomenal book Ignite Your Life is now the Official Journey Coach of writeforkids!


Andrea will be here to help you get inspired, get motivated and get over any of the obstacles that may be standing in your way.  In this introductory chat, Andrea tells her own story of struggling as a writer, and offers a superb exercise to get you started on your path to success.









    1. Thank you so much for the inspiring video! I really needed this today and you did touch my heart with your words of encouragement. I am very excited about reading your book and will be looking forward to seeing more videos with you and getting to know you more as well, thank you!

    2. Isabel
      March 24th

      Wonderful video. However, I would really like to hear some inspiring words for young writers. As a teenager, I feel very unqualified to write because of my limited knowledge and experience. Whenever I get “the idea” for a story and begin to write it, I always find myself “realizing” that I don’t have the knowledge or self-confidence required to continue. Imperfect grammar and difficulty in creating “depth” in my stories also haunts me, and I feel like I may never reach an acceptable standard of writing in order to actually be a “writer”. What should I do? Put my stories on the shelf for another ten years while I focus on improving my skills? That seems to be the logical course of action, but writing is such a strong part of me that I can’t bear the thought of giving it up for a while.

      • Jon Bard
        March 25th

        Isabel, thank you for that thoughtful comment. Give us a bit of time to answer you properly — it’s an important question, and we think many young writers can benefit from some advice. Hang on and we’ll have something for you! In the meantime — keep writing!

        • Laura Backes
          March 25th

          HI Isabel:

          I wanted to add to Jon’s comment that the fact that you’re asking these questions shows a maturity and self-awareness beyond your years. Yes, you still have a lot of living to do, but you’re laying the important groundwork now by learning your craft. You mentioned having to give up writing while you learn. It’s actually the opposite. Writing teaches you how to write. The more you work with ideas, characters, dialogue, and plots, the better you’ll become. You’ll also start to discover your own voice, which is one of the most crucial aspects of creating original books.

          I’m sure you’re an avid reader. Start dissecting those book you’re reading, and examining how the authors did all the things you want to do in your own work. Start by copying what they did so you can get a sense of the rhythm of their stories, their dialogue, how they describe a character, etc. Don’t worry about the copying at this point. If you keep writing, you’ll gradually internalize the good things about other works and use them to build your own original stories. You have the luxury of time, so use it to your advantage and learn all you can as you write.

          We will be doing more with this question, so keep checking writeforkids.org and see what we come up with!

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