In the past week or so, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting – in person, by snail- and email – three young writers, high school/early college age. Sometimes I don’t like to use that term, “young writers” — it feels vaguely patronizing. There are good writers at every level of experience; and bad ones. A good young writer will grow up to be a good old writer if s/he keeps at it. A bad writer is a bad writer is a bad writer.

I love meeting young writers for two reasons. I always enjoy meeting colleagues who are excited about writing, about the work they want to do, the plans they have, the ambitions — and young writers are so often energized, excited, exciting writers. So that’s cool reason #1.

Cool reason #2 is, I’m a reader. I want to keep reading good stories and novels, seeing good plays, etc., forever and ever. And they’re the ones who are going to be writing them. So thank you in advance, you guys, “young” writers, new writers, good writers.