Read, read, read. Read all sorts of things — fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, magazines, news sites, novels, short stories. Reading a variety of what professional writers have written can help you see what good and great writing looks like and may inspire you to write about a topic you might not have otherwise considered.
Some newspapers occasionally hold workshops for aspiring journalists and writers. Some libraries or communities groups hold youth writing events or classes (after school, on the weekend, or during school vacation weeks). I encourage you to seek these types of opportunities.
Also, start a writing portfolio. This is a collection of your best writing that you keep in one place (could be a folder on your computer, online, or a three-ring binder where you keep a printed copy of your work). As a student your portfolio could include your best essays and papers you wrote for classes at school. It could include articles you wrote for your school newspaper or for writing contests. When you apply for a writing job, often the employer will ask to see some writing samples. That’s when it’s good to have a portfolio!
Always do your best when you write. Review, revise, and proofread your work carefully before submitting it. Write as if everyone and anyone might read it.
I had a wonderfully creative phase for a couple of years and would often take notes aboit ideas, poem lines that I liked, doodles or diagrams - notes, you know? And I received feedback from others that it was strange behavior, and I took that to heart and grew self-conscious of the habit. Eventually I stopped.
That’s nonsense and I regret stopping the habit. It sort of cut off the creative energy and it took a long while to get back into that mindset.
I don’t have any professional advice for you except the usual “Stay organized”, maybe maintain a blog or a subreddit or a website with your work. Maybe seek out creative writing challenges or competitions? You could self-publish some stuff, if only to say that you did.
I recognize that this isn’t very firm advice. Really just wanted to encourage you to keep up with your content creation.
Carole recommends the following next steps:
Feedback is a must, if you have a tutor, a friend or teacher that's willing to help you go for it. An outside perspective can help to pick up on flaws that you may end up looking over during revisions. My last bit of advice would be to indulge in any curiosity you might have with regards to story ideas. Be creative and don't be afraid to explore new ideas, another big part of creative writing is exploring and developing new ideas, and turning them into stories.