Did you read the first chapter of Harper Lee's, "Go Set a Watchman?" I'm did and now can't wait to get my copy of the novel when it comes out Tuesday. (Amazon says it's the biggest pre-order since Harry Potter.)
From the Wall Street Journal:
In 1957, when she was 31 years old, Harper Lee submitted her first attempt at a novel to the publisher J.B. Lippincott.
‘Go Set a Watchman,’ it was set in the ’50s and opened with a woman
named Jean Louise Finch returning home to Alabama.
Ms. Lee’s editor
found the story lacking but, seizing on flashback scenes, suggested that she write instead about her protagonist as a young girl. The result was a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’
If your teens (or even middle schoolers) are writers, this is a good story about trying and then regrouping and having someone who can see that kernel of talent in your work. Meaning, don't give up or TTT (Things Take Time).