Isaac Littleton: Teenage Author

Eleanor Rose Tallman

Isaac Littleton meeting with fourth graders at Bluebonnet Elementary. Credit: LISD

Robert Bach once said that “a professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

Critics may argue that teenagers have not experienced enough to construct a dynamic novel. As a result, young writers could be considered amateurs. However, Isaac Littleton, a junior, is a living testament to the competence of young writers. He has published three books and counting. He may be called an amateur, but he is an amateur who did not give up on pursuing his goals. As long as someone wants to create stories to share with everyone, he believes that they are a writer, no matter their age.

What sets Isaac apart from other writers is that when he writes a story, he starts with the ending, not the beginning. In his view, “the ending of a book should be its strongest part.” Just like his own story, everything that has influenced Isaac has been slowly building up to now. However, Isaac’s story is not over; it has barely begun.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with storytelling, and from a young age I instantly knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Isaac says. His passion is what influences him to write stories and share them with others. Even if a person is not writing to be published, sharing one’s passion with others is a worthy pursuit.

Isaac did not start his journey planning to become a published author. As he jokingly states, he was merely writing his first book to “appease [his] boredom during school when [he] was finished with homework.” He never thought he would end up publishing his first novel, not to mention two more.

Isaac advises other teenagers who are aspiring writers to find something they are passionate about and can talk about for hours. There have been occasions where he will “annoy [his] friends and family because of how much [he is] talking about his stories.”

When he finds a topic that makes him tick, he is continually thinking of new ideas of what to write about. His ideas are also inspired by the support and motivation he has received from his parents and friends. They have always been happy to give him advice, whether it is about plot development or publishing. The most important thing he needs to write a book is advice and encouragement from those who care about him.

Whether Isaac is writing a book series about a zombie apocalypse or a coming of age story, he is “just doing what he loves.” Passion is what really makes a writer successful.

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