Tips for the teen writer

By Michelle Wagner

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When you begin to write a book, you should begin writing down everything that you know you want to write about.

The writing process continues with the pre-writing stage. Pre-writing starts with research. Visit the library, peruse the internet, conduct some  interviews, and outline what you find to learn information about the topic you will write about.

The next part is free writing. Free write about anything that you like to write about. The last part of the pre-writing stage is clustering. Clustering is when you put your information into categories.

The next stage is the first draft. Just get those ideas down. Don’t edit yourself, yet. Let your brain rule your fingers, and write down as much as you can.

The third stage is revision. This stage includes considering the structure of your story, supporting initial ideas, and point-of-view. Now it’s time to trim!

Stage four is proofreading. Proofreading is basically editing which includes, diction, grammar, mechanics, and format.

Stage five is publishing. This stage includes posting your book online, submitting your book to contests, or mailing it to publishers.

Some final tips for people who want to be writers: Write all the time. Read all the time. Write what you want to write don’t let people tell you what to write. Collect your inspirations, keep a journal, you don’t have to get it right.

But most importantly, never give up!

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