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The Writing Guide for Kids and Teens

Updated on January 6, 2015

Book Planning

The process of writing a book is usually very lengthy and what most people don't feel they have the time or patience for. Do you have all these ideas jumbled in your head, but don't know how to form it all to start writing your book? You have come to the right place.

Let's start out with some tips:

  • Decide on what kind of story you want to write about.
  • Choose a genre such as fiction, nonfiction, science fiction, biography, ect.
  • Start writing down all of your ideas for your story.
  • Organize them into an outline.
  • Ask other friends, parents, or teachers for ideas.
  • Practice writing.
  • Set time aside to think on your story.
  • Eat right.

Now you may be wondering why I added the last one. Believe it or not, eating right is essential to creating a book. How? Well, our brains need food just as much as our stomachs do. So by eating healthy foods you will be able to use that creative noggin of yours!

Organzing Your Book

Following the tips above should really keep you motivated to your cause. Now let's discuss how you should organize your book. Whether you are a teen or a kid, whether you are looking to write a fun story or looking to publish it-here's the basics you will need to have in any book: A Title, Chapters, A Summary/Description of your book, Contents Table, and of course, the Author's Name on the cover.

Despite popular belief, you actually don't need a title to your book when you first start writing. Not all books have chapters that have titles in them either. So you can put that aside for now unless creating a title and chapter titles helps you to organize your story first.

So, you want to follow all the tips...now what do you do? You begin to write. The story? Not quite yet. First, you need to write down all of your ideas for that story. Begin building on them, figuring out what you want to happen first. It's like your the film director of a movie. You need to know who needs to be where, doing what and when. You build the story and make it come to life so it looks pleasing and exciting to your audience. Even if that audience is just you!

It's important to know all of the characters you create in your story. If you struggle at all with creating a personality, the best way is to either, base it off of someone you know or multiple people, or think up your own.

How should you begin a book? Well that is entirely up to you! But one of the best ways to start the story is showing how the characters are living their lives first before you put the conflict in. Some books dive right into the action, which is okay too! You can use either style there. Speaking of style, what is your writing style? If you don't have one or feel unsure, try to create one. A writing style is just a personalized way of how you write something.

One of the best ways to keep your story organized is by ordering it out chapter by chapter. In the outline, write the 1st Chapter and then underneath it, write what you want to happen for that specific chapter. Then do it for Chapter 2 and so on! This will help you to write shorter amounts of information for your story, which takes up less of your time to do it this way, instead of going back and having to change half of your story later.

Including a few close friends or family members in the idea and development stage of your book, will help to encourage you and to build up confidence in your work. Plus, they can offer up suggestions for the story that may just help you out!

Now, I know that being a kid and teen is a lot different now than it used to be. However old you are, you probably have noticed the busy lifestyle of a typical American teenager. Sports, school, siblings, Netflix. So you are probably wondering, "How am I going to find time to do all this?" Well, split it up. Work on it a little bit each day. This has to be something you want to do or not even this blog can help you to write a book!

What should you do then?

People like to believe our days are much shorter than what they actually are, but truth be told, there's 24 hours in a day. Most people have 3 points of breaks during the day: The Early Morning, Mid Afternoon, and Late Night. Any of these 3 points in time could be used for "me time" to create your book. With the technology we now have access to, it's a lot easier to write whenever we want. Kind of like an unlimited supply of sticky notes! (Hint: You can also write on road or plane trips. if you do travel try to pay attention to your landscape and the details of people, places, and things. This will develop good observation skills that will accommodate your writing technique.)


Example

The way to become a good writer is becoming a good reader
The way to become a good writer is becoming a good reader

So You Think You Can Write?

Well, you are absolutely right! You can! But what's the best way to do that? By reading. As humans, we pick up ideas from each other and even expand on them or create new ones, because each of us are unique and think in different ways. Reading other books can help develop your English skills and writing skills. And next time you pick up a book, don't just read it, but also study the cover and back over. Look at how it's made and what's written on the first few pages that you usually skip over.

What kind of books should you read?

Actually, it's a good as a writer to explore all genres of books. But what does help is choosing the genre that you chose for your story. Say you wanted to write a post apocalyptic story. A good reference book to that could be the Hunger Games. Drawing off of someone else's experiences is quite wise. It's like an apprenticeship for yourself.

Do you think your still not up to the task? I volunteer as tribute to give you a few more tips and tricks!

To Read Or Not To Read

Don't be a Copy Cat!!
Don't be a Copy Cat!!

Cop-aneze!

Here's one thing you most certainly do not want to happen...copy from someone else's story. Try to be original and come up with something new and fresh that catches the reader's attention!

Now this isn't to say you can't write about elves, magical trees, or time travel! Thank God, right? What you as the author need to avoid is actually creating the same exact story or a very similar one that would infringe on copyrights. No one likes a copy cat!

You are young and the imagination you have as a child or even as a teenager is quite different of that of most adults, so try using it more often so you don't lose it!

Tips and Tricks for the Young and Bold

So are you ready to start your writing project? Before you do let me leave you with some more tips and tricks and I hope all this information helps you to become a better writer!


Tips N Tricks:

  • Use Spellcheck. If you plan to use the computer for your story, be sure to use spellcheck! Even the most acclaimed authors still use it!
  • Editor. It's always a good idea to review your own work, but it can be even more helpful to have fresh eyes on it as well! Make sure your friend is grammar nazi!
  • Details! Stories should always have details and descriptions of how things look, feel, taste, and smell. Too much detail can be boring, but not enough can leave the readers in stupor. You don't want confused readers!
  • Publishing...If and when you reach this stage, it's always important to make sure your story looks exactly the way you want it to. It's also important to make it look professional so it will catch a reader's attention.
  • More Motivation! Watching movies and playing video games actually help to increase imagination, finger reflex, and how to examine your story.
  • Prioritize. Create a list of what you want accomplished by writing this book, and even if you don't publish it now, remember, you always can later!

Additional Notes

Enter into your own imaginative world and have fun! There is so many adventures, dramas, and other things you can think up and put on paper! I hope this helped you to write the story the way you want to. Happy writings! God Bless!

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