Hey, I am also 12! I am doing a book for a lesson but I feel like I am actually writing it. If you want to follow me on Insta I am jasmynkerstenshp. I am 13 and I also want to start a book. It started with a writing prompt from my english teacher and i ended up writing a sort of prologue for a book.
I want to call it After The Starfall and its going to be about a civilization underground after a natural disaster. Alexis that sounds like a great book! My book that I am working on is called Cat Quest. It is about cats of course. I am only 11 though, so will people take ME seriously???
But I do have some personal concerns regarding my goal of writing a book and was wondering if you could be of any assistance? It says you are based on Germany. Will be so grateful for hearing from you! Have you ever written an e-book before? I am wanting to write my story and wondering if it can make any money that way. Every novelist does it differently! First a few sentences that would never appear in the finished book about what the story had to say about human nature, then a paragraph-long synopsis of the plot, then some character sketches, then a chapter by chapter outline.
I knew there would be changes as I went along, but it gave me a scaffold on which to structure my work. I probably spent weeks at the outline stage, getting up early before work and working through my lunch hour, before I finally wrote the first sentence of Chapter 1.
This essay tells what worked for Marian Schembari. You must find what will work for you! And the only way to do that is by sitting down every day and doing the work. This is great, Marian. My first attempt at writing was a memoir, back in Finally I gave up and devoted myself to other writing. While writing I also read up on writing from a variety of sources. Then she sent me Stephen Kings, On Writing. I purchased other books on my own and read numerous articles online.
The task became amazingly easier when I realized that I should write the memoir in the manner of a novel or short story. Not entirely, of course, but it helped me to fashion the character of myself the protagonist. She had wanted to for years, though. This gave me two distinct main characters and two voices to speak from the past. This process has worked quite well for me. I started mid and finished about three months ago. What I had been unable to do for 22 years became a reality in less than a year.
Thanks for your advice, Marian. Hope you have success, which I believe you shall. This is something that I need to do jus for myself to heal.
But I have been working on it for years it is time to write about iit so I can move forward. This is a great post and full of information and ideas on writing a first book. Congratulations on getting started.
There is no Right Way To Write. I currently have seven or eight finished manuscripts fiction and non fiction. Some were written seat of the pants with no pre-planning. Some were heavily pre-planned. Some were sort of planned and sort of seat of the pants. LOL, sometimes I start at the beginning and sometimes I start in the middle. There is no rhyme or reason to the process. This is such an encouraging comment Carrie Lynn, thank you so much for sharing.
What Stephen King says in his book, Anne Lamott says the opposite in hers and Elizabeth Gilbert says the opposite yet again. Hi marian i had strt writting book bt plz can u tell me wht is the difference btween the novel story nd general book.
Thanks Marian I am sorry that I do not have any advice to offer you instead I am actual learning from your advice. I have always wanted to write but held back thinking who would be interested my book I am not a famous person.
I did attend a few of budding writers workshops but that did not do anything to motivate me to actual write. Fortunately for me I have always kept journals for every phase of my life so I have material which can be translated into a book. I must say ever since I started blogging , that seem to be helping me to be disciplined to write a piece on a daily basis I now enjoy writing as I respond to daily prompts.
Thank you for your post which has given me a lot to think about and to try as I contemplate on a project of ever writing my owm memouir. So I say go for it! I have been thinking about writing for a while now. The older i get the more i feel compelled to just do it.
I honestly feel that everyone has to get a method to their own Creativity. Hi Rudo, did you finally write your book? Hi Nikki, I am very sorry for taking this long to answer your question. It was heart warming to hear from a fellow Zimbabwean, I am still considering what to start with. The only problem is the current political unrest in Zimbabwe I am not even sure if there any opportunities for that kind of literature.
I am glad we are intouch, and hopeful we will keep intouch. This was an interesting piece and so helpful. I especially love the part about reading snippets of other writers to get going. I thought I was the only one who did that! I also like the idea of planning and writing as a routine. Omg you do it too?! I thought I was the only one! I love how writers, even without resources or books, often find their way in the same direction. Thank you for sharing your process with us this morning, Mariam.
There are plenty of good ideas here. Thank you so much for the recommendation Kathi! I have found that to be exactly the case with the book I am writing now. The good news is that it is the hardest part. The words just fly see how I did that? Fasten your seatbelt Penguin Books.
Yes, each of us has to find our own way, exploring and experimenting. I started out with Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, began daily writing for a half hour, then a JC course in creative writing thinking I wanted to be a nature writer. Came out of the course a poet. Dabbled in that for years, continuing to read anything and everything about writing, nature writing and then memoir. Suddenly my ten year old inner child began writing her memoir. Loving playing with that, and interestingly, the latest version is written as poetry.
I continue my half hour daily writing and another memoir seems to be appearing on the pages. I would be lost without my writing! Keep up your explorations and experiments — but never forget to walk the dog my dogs and I are helping walk him for you now so you are off the hook on that one. I love this Jan! Amy Poehler has a great quote about this very thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. Maybe it will turn into a novel. Maybe I need to write this just to get one essay out of it.
Hello Marian, I just happened to read how you started writing and it really kept me glued to it until i was through it. Make promises early, triggering your reader to anticipate fresh ideas, secrets, inside information, something major that will make him thrilled with the finished product. You can even make the how-to project look impossible until you pay off that setup with your unique solution.
Keep your outline to a single page for now. Your outline must serve you. If that means Roman numerals and capital and lowercase letters and then Arabic numerals, you can certainly fashion it that way. Simply start with your working title, then your premise, then—for fiction, list all the major scenes that fit into the rough structure above.
For nonfiction, try to come up with chapter titles and a sentence or two of what each chapter will cover. Once you have your one-page outline, remember it is a fluid document meant to serve you and your book.
Expand it, change it, play with it as you see fit—even during the writing process. That may consist of three sessions of two hours each, two sessions of three hours, or six one-hour sessions—whatever works for you. I recommend a regular pattern same times, same days that can most easily become a habit. Having trouble finding the time to write a book?
You have to make it. Something in your calendar will likely have to be sacrificed in the interest of writing time. Never sacrifice your family on the altar of your writing career.
Many writers insist they have no time to write, but they always seem to catch the latest Netflix original series, or go to the next big Hollywood feature. They enjoy concerts, parties, ball games, whatever.
How important is it to you to finally write your book? What will you cut from your calendar each week to ensure you give it the time it deserves? To ensure you finish your book, set your own deadline—then consider it sacred.
Now determine—and enter in your calendar—the number of pages you need to produce per writing session to meet your deadline. If it proves unrealistic, change the deadline now. If you have no idea how many pages or words you typically produce per session, you may have to experiment before you finalize those figures.
Divide by 50 weeks accounting for two off-weeks , and you get eight pages per week. Now is the time to adjust these numbers,while setting your deadline and determining your pages per session. Or you know your book will be unusually long. Change the numbers to make it realistic and doable, and then lock it in. Remember, your deadline is sacred.
I quit fretting and losing sleep over procrastinating when I realized it was inevitable and predictable, and also that it was productive. Maybe it was at first. If you have to go back in and increase the number of pages you need to produce per session, do that I still do it all the time.
Have you found yourself writing a sentence and then checking your email? Writing another and checking Facebook? Then you just have to check out that precious video from a talk show where the dad surprises the family by returning from the war.
That leads to more and more of the same. Look into these apps that allow you to block your email, social media, browsers, game apps, whatever you wish during the hours you want to write. Some carry a modest fee, others are free. Your details and logic and technical and historical details must be right for your novel to be believable.
The last thing you want is even a small mistake due to your lack of proper research. Your credibility as an author and an expert hinges on creating trust with your reader. That dissolves in a hurry if you commit an error. Talk back to yourself if you must. It may sound silly, but acknowledging yourself as a writer can give you the confidence to keep going and finish your book.
Not you-first, not book-first, not editor-, agent-, or publisher-first. Certainly not your inner circle- or critics-first. When fans tell me they were moved by one of my books, I think back to this adage and am grateful I maintained that posture during the writing.
So, naturally, you need to know your reader. When in doubt, look in the mirror. The surest way to please your reader is to please yourself. Write what you would want to read and trust there is a broad readership out there that agrees. Oh, it can still change if the story dictates that. But settling on a good one will really get you off and running.
Great opening lines from other classics may give you ideas for yours. In a novel, if everything is going well and everyone is agreeing, your reader will soon lose interest and find something else to do—like watch paint dry.
Are two of your characters talking at the dinner table? Have one say something that makes the other storm out. Some deep-seeded rift in their relationship has surfaced. Thrust people into conflict with each other. Check out some of the current bestselling nonfiction works to see how writers accomplish this. Tension is the secret sauce that will propel your reader through to the end.
Many of us are perfectionists and find it hard to get a first draft written—fiction or nonfiction—without feeling compelled to make every sentence exactly the way we want it. Deep as I am into a long career, I still have to remind myself of this every writing day. I cannot be both creator and editor at the same time. That slows me to a crawl, and my first draft of even one brief chapter could take days. Our job when writing that first draft is to get down the story or the message or the teaching—depending on your genre.
Imagine yourself wearing different hats for different tasks , if that helps—whatever works to keep you rolling on that rough draft. This chore is about creating. Some like to write their entire first draft before attacking the revision. As I say, whatever works. I alternate creating and revising. The first thing I do every morning is a heavy edit and rewrite of whatever I wrote the day before.
Then I switch hats, tell Perfectionist Me to take the rest of the day off, and I start producing rough pages again. Compartmentalize your writing vs. Most who fail at writing a book tell me they give up somewhere in what I like to call The Marathon of the Middle.
The solution there is in the outlining stage , being sure your middle points and chapters are every bit as valuable and magnetic as the first and last. If you strategize the progression of your points or steps in a process—depending on nonfiction genre—you should be able to eliminate the strain in the middle chapters. For novelists, know that every book becomes a challenge a few chapters in.
Force yourself back to your structure, come up with a subplot if necessary, but do whatever you need to so your reader stays engaged. Fiction writer or nonfiction author, The Marathon of the Middle is when you must remember why you started this journey in the first place. You have something to say. Not Helpful 16 Helpful Just start making your chapters more detailed like if you were saying that your main character was traveling on horseback to a town three days away, show more about the journey.
Kill off a few main characters. Get readers really attached to the character s , then kill them off. After that, write a about how life goes on without them.
They will forget all about the foreshadowing of their death s , and when the character s die, the disappointment will be intense. Not Helpful 23 Helpful I have a great idea for a book, but I can't put it into words. Brainstorm for a while and write down anything that comes to mind. Then, try to pick the main ideas of your book. Once you have main ideas, try to organize them in logically based on the kind of book you want to write. Choose a place in your life where you would like to start, and go from there.
Write it as if you were living it. For more ideas, read How to Write a Biography. Not Helpful 12 Helpful Answer this question Flag as Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other.
Did this summary help you? A book people want to read needs an engaging and exciting title, front cover, and opening paragraph. Don't forget to revise! In newspapers the editors revise the story they are seeing. Don't stress if you change your plot halfway through. The best ideas don't come when you're brainstorming, they come when you're writing.
Just go with the flow of the words. Read some of your ideas out loud occasionally, your mistakes or great ideas will stick out. Once you've written your book and been published, you'll need to market your book as best as you can. Keep a small journal nearby. If you hear or think of a unique name, plot idea, etc. Draw out your characters to get a good idea of what they look like. It doesn't have to be perfect, even a sketch will work.
Then, it will be easier to write about them. If you're out of ideas for your book, take a break, watch a movie or read a book, and see how many ideas you can pull from it. Use correct grammar, spelling, and dialogue. You cannot write a good novel if you lack the proper basic skills. Use your vocabulary, but make sure you don't use the big words inappropriately.
You will not look erudite if, in your folksy story, you state that the young miss was an abecedarian instead of a grade-school teacher. And avoid talking down to the reader when you write; treat your reader as your equal.
Write what you know, especially when you don't know how to get started. Successful authors who have written bestsellers have based at least some of their books on something that has happened to them or someone close to them in real life. Aim to create memorable or great character names. Be careful with bizarre or funny ones —sometimes they might work really well but other times they might be just too silly.
If you ever get stuck and can't think of any ideas, just start writing. If you're truly stuck, use this article's mock made-up story to get things rolling; it could be your best seller's introduction or an "idea starter". The successful author Stephen King said that to be successful at writing you must read at least four hours a day. Find the time of day where you are most productive. Authors report all sorts of different times of day working best for them, from very early morning for its peace and quiet, to mornings for the early day energy, to afternoons for their general industrious hubbub to nights for the night owls.
Each to their own. Windows has a range but Office is the most common. Also, if you want free, OpenOffice. Try reading books about writing.
If you are a kid or adult too you could try: Publishing for Profit, Recognition, And Academic Success Be prepared for your book to take a while to write, and do not be afraid to rewrite your book.
Some famous authors have taken decades to write their books. If you find that you struggle with keeping with a book, such as if you always give up on writing your books, try writing your stories from a different angle.
Try figuring out the plot first, and then the characters, or try figuring out the characters first. Consider writing along with a friend, have them help you write, or if they are writing a book, write your book when they are. Inspiration comes from the weirdest places, and when you least expect it to.
Try looking up on a place like Google Images, 'Inspirations for stories', or something concerning the topic of your book, like 'Autumn', 'Unicorns', or 'Secret Passageways'. Avoid making your characters too perfect, and let them speak to you. Think about how they would react to the situation that you are in. Be aware that book characters are usually the author's ideal image of their selves.
Keep your notebook and pen beside your bed and keep a journal of your dreams. You never know a dream of yours could give you inspiration or a story to write about! Sometimes, you should just start writing, and eventually, a story will just start in your head.
If you want to add a true fact in your story, like from the news or something, don't make it up. Do some research on it first. It's okay to look up stuff for your story. It is sometimes easier to write a chapter a day depending on how many chapters you want! Whatever you do, don't compare your work to those of authors. If you are having a hard time figuring out titles, write the book and read over it. The title swill come to you. Warnings Be sure you research. Make sure the book you want to write doesn't exist already.
Be open to critics. That being said, don't let it get you down too much if it doesn't turn out well. A person who is going to write his or her first book, should stick to it. He or she should not worry about time and money. First book launch may not be successful, but that person will learn something from his or her mistakes.
Avoid plagiarizing copying another author's work. Even if you do it as artfully as possible, eventually someone will track down and piece together all the copied parts. For some people, this is a challenge they relish. Make sure you LIKE what you write! From time to time, ask yourself: Am I enjoying this?
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