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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

Novel/book writting help or tips ?

Okay ,I'm 13 ,and i have a lot of spear time ,so I decided to write a novel ,BUT ,I have no idea how to start.

I thought of just writing and let the story flow ,but there's a problem ;

I want to do a good job ,good enough to publish.

(hey! these dreams do come true)

So basicly ...What do you think I should do to start ,or make things interesting/addicting for readers.Any tips ?

thanks :)

Update:

(I want to write a romance story ?)

Update 2:

can you please answer this for me as well ?

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200905...

it's also bout the book...sorry :(

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I'm posting my essential rules for writing that ALL authors need to do.

    The basic things for beginning writers:

    1)First of all, start off slow. Don't go to writing a novel immediately. Take baby steps. Write a short story, perhaps a fanfiction even. You need to learn how to write and develop your writing skills first.

    2)Always remember that there is always room for improvement. Strive to do your best and always try to improve as a writer.

    3)Acknowledge all constructive criticism, it does help you to improve your stories and always try to do your best work possible. A mistake that many authors make is ignoring it. If you ignore criticism, how will you improve?

    Now the basics...for all authors:

    1) Show not tell! This is one of the most crucial things an author must do. Don't just tell the readers what happened or what people are, show them. It isn't enough to just tell us a character is funny, a whiner or that a building is broken down, etc. You need to show your readers that they are.

    Here's a few helpful sites on show not tell:

    http://foremostpress.com/authors/articles/show_not...

    http://www.uoflife.com/wc/creative/showtell.htm.

    http://writingforchildren.suite101.com/article.cfm...

    2) You must ALWAYS research. There is nothing worse then when an author hasn't taken the time to make their story accurate.This applies for all stories, even fantasy stories or stories about fictional worlds. If you aren't sure about something, look it up. Don't ignore mythology or basic things. Having inaccurate facts takes a reader out of the story and it makes you look like an idiot.

    Some sites about researching while writing:

    http://ezinearticles.com/?Writing-101:-Research-th...

    http://www.writeandpublishyourbook.com/writing/wri...

    3) Edit. The editing process can be long, but it's worth it if you want to write a good story. Every author should make sure that they edit their own work to make it the best it can be. If you're not good at editing, get someone to help you. But it must be done. Editing usually takes longer than the writing part if you do it right. Rewrite something if you think that it could be better, don't show people mediocre, un-edited work.

    Some sites about story editing:

    http://writinghood.com/writing/basic-tips-for-edit...

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/224346/si...

    http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/imp...

    4) Plan out your storyline. If you don't do this, your plot will be all over the place and you may include pointless chapters. Remember, every single chapter should have a point. Don't just let the story flow, since you'll just add in pointless scenes or things that are entirely irrelevant to the story.

    5) Don't create a Mary Sue. All character's need to have flaws and struggles. Also, it's not enough to just mention a flaw, and then never show it again. You need to show continuity! They also need to WORK for their happy endings, don't just hand everything to them.

    A few articles on Mary Sues and how not to create them:

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-mary-sue.htm

    http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Making-a-Mary-Sue

    I hope I helped. =]

    Source(s): The sites I mentioned and my own experiences as a writer.
  • 1 decade ago

    It's so exciting to be a new writer! It takes a lot of hard work and commitment, but if you're up to it, you can totally become a published writer.

    First of all, you need to get your tools in place. That involves grammar, spelling, sentence structure and other basics. You're having a big issue with punctuation already, and some issues with spelling. BUT that won't get in the way of storytelling. Write and learn as you go. EVERYONE makes mistakes at the beginning, but that's the only way to learn, right?

    Second, you need to read a lot. I've never met a writer who wasn't an avid reader. Writers learn how to make things interesting/addicting by reading their favorite stories and learning WHY they're interesting/addicting. Is there a story you LOVE, a story that inspires you? Re-read it, and ask "How come this story is addicting? Why aren't other stories addicting? Why do I want to keep reading?" Those kinds of questions will lead you to some really interesting answers!

    Third. WRITE! Write even if you've got bad grammar, write even if it's horrible, write even when everyone tells you you're horrible. You've got to be bad before you can be good. Professional gymnasts didn't start out knowing back handsprings. Professional artists didn't start out with masterpieces. Professionals DO start out with determination, even when they fail. So don't let anyone tell you you can't do it.

    Best of luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    You should spend sometime gathering ideas and putting it together before you actually start the writing. That's where I'm at. I've been creating this world for some time now and I feel that after I learn to describe things better, I'll sit down with the stories and what not.

    You should find some influence. Mine is China Mieville because I love steam-punk. once you have the idea in place, then start character building and when it comes to the story, try to be as Original as possible. I hope this helps.

  • 4 years ago

    The extra you write and skim, the greater you get. Keep writing. Keep all the writing you do, even supposing you do not adore it once you learn it later. You may not be 14 without end and who you're at present is solely as primary as who you'll be day after today. In ten years you will not don't forget what it used to be love to be a tween, or 14-yr-ancient. Save your writing in order that later in existence you'll be able to appear again on it and it's going to support you write more youthful characters. Your writing is a useful resource for later. Maybe you'll write a time journey novel approximately anybody who travels again to 2013. Rereading your writing from 2013 will are available useful for running your reminiscence. Just preserve writing. Write approximately the whole lot.

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  • 1 decade ago

    maybe think of what kind you want your book to be like romance thriller whichever then think what the plot you shot take and just to be better when you actually start writing books you should try writing fanfictions first so youll progress and get better so you can also see if some readers would like your type of writing like if you prefer writing 1st person or third person hope i helped

    best of luck

    p.s. there a site called fanfition.net maybe you can submit your first fanfics

    Source(s): reading fanfics from fanfiction.net about twilight i loved the books!!! OBSESSED!!!!:D lolmeg
  • 1 decade ago

    Well I'm 13 too, and until now I'm still rather "training" I guess...Though I;ve got alot of help...

    First things first. --The Idea-- well inspiration does come in many ways, so I guess it's really up to you to furnish the whole plot, with your idea.

    Second,Really Important!!! ---Grammar--- I guess, it's kind off general thing for you to learn, so I guess pay attention during your English class I guess...

    Third, ---thesaurus--- Really helpful filling up those mini-blocks... and really fancy words too...

    Forth,--- Practice makes Perfect--- It's again general if you write more, you get to learn more...

    Fifth---Read books in your Field--- If your going to write a romance story it' good for you to read books in the romance genre, it's a really good tip.

    Lastly, ---Rewrite---, after finishing your story, its really good to furnish it more.... so it means alot of deleting and editing..

    Hope I helped, :)

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