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Tips for Teens: Writing Your First Novel

Tips for Teens: Writing Your First Novel

As a young writer, you might be wondering what it’s like to write a novel. What goes into the process? How in the world do authors get started, especially when you look at writers like Stephen King, who has written several novels of over 1,000 pages? Keep reading to learn how to break down the process and make it much more manageable: Start with Brainstorming Start small - as small as a single word or sentence. It might seem silly, but it can help you stay focused before your imagination sta … Read More

Tips for Teens: Writing Your First Novel
As a young writer, you might be wondering what it’s like to write a novel. What goes into the process? How in the world do authors get started, especially when you look at writers like Stephen King, who has written several novels of over 1,000 pages? Keep reading to learn how to break down the process and make it much more manageable: Start with Brainstorming Start small - as small as a single word or sentence. It might seem silly, but it can help you stay focused before your imagination sta
4 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Prose
Staring down a blank page? Getting your creativity flowing is often the most difficult part of the entire writing process. It can be so daunting for some would-be writers that they give up entirely! So what can you do to avoid that spiral of creative mishaps? Try out one of the following tried-and-true creative writing exercises - you might be surprised how much they can help! Use a Writing Prompt Many times, the problem for writers is thinking up a topic to focus on. You may know what type
7 Simple Rules for Remembering Spelling
Never be stumped again! Here, New York tutor Lauren P. shares some tips to remember tricky rules and get the spelling help you need...   To preface, not every word follows a strict spelling rule. There are always exceptions and irregular forms. Therefore, keep this in mind before memorizing any of the following rules. 1) Use funny memory tools for complicated spellings There are many creative ways to remember irregular words with double letters or an assortment of vowels. The we
10 Remarkably Simple Tips for Writing a Novel
Despite what you've heard, writing a novel isn’t exactly like climbing a mountain. It's harder. At least a mountain is always there in front of you. A novel can be elusive. Longer and more complex than a short story, a novel can span the course of years and involves creating a main character who grows and changes throughout the story. However, have no fear. You can actually start writing a novel right now, right this instant, by following these ten simple steps here. 1. Get over yourself. N
5 Strategies for Developing Writing Skills
Unlike some other academic skills, the ability to write well is something that follows you from elementary school all throughout your life, particularly if you work in an office environment - so it's no wonder there's such an emphasis on it in school! From creative short stories and descriptive paragraphs in elementary school to lengthier prose and argumentative essays in high school, and then implementing those skills to write research and term papers in college, students spend a great deal of

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