Anyone can write in the Scots language. You just need two things: words and confidence.
Scots words are easy to find. One and a half million Scots speakers live in Scotland. They're everywhere, busy gabbin and bletherin away in guid Scots. So if you're needing some Scots words, all you have to do is open your lugs.
Or open a book.
You'll find great Scots language in poems and stories by writers like Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Liz Lochhead, JK Annand and Sheena Blackhall. Read as many Scots poems and stories as you can get your hands on.
And the confidence to write in Scots comes from giving it a go.
Many young writers discover that writing in Scots is not as hard as they thought. Most say they it gives them freedom and that they can express their feelings better in Scots than in English. Using Scots words like bonnie, braw, greetin, dreich and mingin can make creative writing feel more personal and relevant to a young writer's life.
One young writer summed it up when he said:
'Ah'm no a fan o writin, but Ah like writin in Scots.'
You'll find lots of tips here to help you be a confident and successful writer of Scots.