When Alexander Pope wrote his famous work Ode to Solitude, he was 12 years old. Alec Greven was 9 years old when he published his book, How to Talk to Girls, quite too young to write this topic! So, age should never be a hindrance to writing and publishing books. Just make sure you are aware of some of the following factors that every teenage author need to go with to create a successful book.
Start from ideas for your book as Teenage Author –
Writing for the first time will be overwhelming, so channelize your thoughts and put them into words. It’s always good to write a two-line description of the idea that strikes you so that you don’t forget amidst your classes and exams. You might’ve seen blurbs on the back of the book cover. Such a tiny description would help your ideas get pristine. While interacting with your relatives, friends, teachers, and others you’ll come across new ideas, plots and characters that’ll help you groom your book. So, keeping notes of these details is essential.
Choose a genre
Everything needs a point to start from. For every book, there’ll be a genre associated. Think about the genre that you’re interested to write in and get acclimatized to the complex implications of the genre that’s bound to face you in every part of your writing and publishing experience. There are plenty of genres such as fantasy, romance, thriller, detective, science, and fiction. Though it’s not necessary to bind yourself to a genre, it’ll be a backbone for you to start.
Pick the people
While starting to write, you should know whom you’re writing for. Who is your audience? You may be a teen and can target your book for kids, fellow teens or adults. Whatever category you write for, explore more about what can easily connect with them and use it in your writing.
While writing fiction, the most important factor to help your readers understand your imaginary world is through the details you elaborate about your story background. Some details to consider while writing the background,
- The period in which your story is happening
- Culture and language of the people in that period and region
- The use of technology and tools prominent in that period
- The behavior of the people in your plot
Craft the characters
Just like artisan chiseling statues, the perfection with which teenage author craft their characters influence the overall success of the book and remain in the heart of readers. For young teenagers, getting influenced by people they meet and crafting them into characters is a success tip (just be careful not to portray them exactly with similar names to avoid getting sued). Write down the attributes, behaviors of your characters and use this reference while crafting.
How to tell the story
The tone and complexity of words will be a great concern when you start writing. Start with simple vocabulary and conversational tone. No one is going to question you the reason for not using complex words. In the journey of writing more and more, you’ll learn and implement complexity in the way you tell your story.
Read what you write
Once you finish a draft of your plot, read it several times and take separate notes on the areas to improve. After several cycles of editing, get help from an editor to proofread and give suggestions to improve further. This is the main part of your writing experience. You have to be patient and analyze the editor’s review and re-work to make your manuscript a masterpiece book. There’s a famous quote that says, “the first draft is for the writer, the second for the editor, and the final is for the reader”. So, understand the importance of editing and focus on making your book reader-friendly. Analyze every feedback your editors and other reviewers give and make sure of reflecting on how much difference your first draft has got evolved into.
Learn more & practice
Read, watch and practice writing. The art of writing is so vast that it might seem breath-taking to you but take your time to learn it. There are plenty of sources to learn how to write but it’s in the daily practice that you can improve and develop. This practice needs a consistent environment, time in a day, and duration of writing. It helps your thoughts flow regularly and give clarity to your writing. This practice may not only be writing on paper or typing in a device, but it can also be recording an audio/video. You just have to collect your thoughts and ideas to evolve into a manuscript.
With consistent writing practice and following other steps, your hobby or passion will not only remain in your diary or papers but will evolve into books that sell and win an audience. So, what’re you waiting for? Start writing!