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Writing a book? Answered

Hi im a 13yo looking to write a book but i have no idea where to start please help any positive response will be welcomed



Write about a subject that you know a lot about. It will be easier to write if it is interesting for you, you won't have to research as much, and your enthusiasm for the subject will flow on to the reader making it interesting for them. Many authors write book after book about the same subject, and if you can get your audience interested, they will want more.
What do you like? Computers, science, aeroplanes, swimming, football, space, daydreaming, camping?
Incorporate your favourite subject into your story, and you will create an interesting read.


6 years ago

1. Read everything you can get your hands on. Learn from those who have done it.
2. Study the rules of grammar; spelling, punctuation, composition, etc.
3. Write a lot and ask others to read and critique your work. Listen to what they have to say. Don't get upset or angry when your work is criticized.
4. Keep trying to improve.
5. Remember that even if you never become a professional writer, the ability to communicate well will be an asset throughout the rest of your life.

just as a question, which may prove helpful to asker, how would publishing go about? I would assume a desktop publish system like amazon would be good

Publishing is often a major problem for authors that are starting up. Getting a physical book printed and shipped to stores costs some major money so companies are very picky with what they pick up.

To get a potential publisher interested one can either answer an open call or simply submit the first few chapters of your manuscript to them and hope for a good response.

As an alternative a publisher will often allow an author to carry the costs himself (or partially) to publish his book.

The midroad can be found with smaller publishing houses or publishers that specialise in publishing small amounts. I have seen a few of these companies come and go but I do not know any currently functioning.

All of this can be bypassed of course with digital publishing and distribution ;)

Personally, I would recommend starting a blog, set a regular schedule for new material and invite comments.

Start by writing short stories and ty to get them tight and enjoyable.

Write about things that you know and things that interest you. What happens to you and those around you. Life is a story you just have to view it that way.

Try different ways to write - i.e. first person - I did this then I did that...., third person - they when on their way past the rocky outcrop... etc.

Ask others you trust totally to read your work and be critical - Don't take criticism personally use it to improve what you do. If you get upset then you won't improve - nothings perfect.

Enjoy what you are doing :-) Good luck.


6 years ago

Here's a one possible process for writing once you've generated your idea/goal for the project:
  1. Brainstorm / freely jot down specific parts / ideas for the book. At this point spend some time each day just spilling out all the things you'd like to include, have thought of, visualize for the project. No structure, just try to get all the little points written down as notes. This could be the look of an important character (fiction), points to discuss (non-fiction), illustrations, ... anything. Try only to do two structured things at this point
    1. Just stuff you probably want to use in the book.
    2. Work 1-2 hrs regularly (daily).
  2. After awhile you should have hammered out a raw skeleton for the book. Now, go back over the brainstorming and try to flesh out each idea.
    1. Work idea to idea.
    2. Look anew at each idea, and add what is logically needed for the point.
    3. Start to organize the points into the structure of the book.
  3. Start writing each point.  Work on a point each session, trying to write what you've outlined.  Draft 0.1.
  4. Rewrite the draft 0.1, paying attention to writing technique.  Try to create your "style" for the book. Draft 1.
  5. Share draft 1 with others for proofreading and suggestions.
  6. Revise based on thoughts and suggestions.
  7. Keep tweaking the writing from here as much as necessary until you are satisfied, but remember, you want to finish, not rewrite forever.

After following Lemonie's advice, ask yourself what you are going to write about. Is it to be a story, or an essay ? How long, who'll read it ? How smart are they ? Is my English up to writing a book yet, or should I read a lot more of the genre I'd like to write ?

Buy a pen and a pad of paper.