How to write a story?
Topic: How to write a published story
July 18, 2019 / By Dominique Question:
I'm writing a suspense novel, and I'm only 14, but all my family/friends tell me I'm some kind of writing prodigy, the 'next Stephen King'. I don't think I'd go as far as being king level, but I've never doubted I have talent, I just figure they're being overly nice. I just have one question. Do you think it's even possible for a fourteen year old to write a novel that's as good as one written by an adult like King?
Best Answers: How to write a story?
Carrie | 1 day ago
Don't worry about being the next Stephen King or the next John Grisham. Be the first YOU.
It's great that your family and friends give you so much encouragement (a lot of kids don't have that), but I would honestly advise you to take it with a grain of salt. You probably are a pretty good writer - I see you used correct spelling and grammar in your question, and for a 14 year old on Yahoo! Answers, that is impressive these days. So I don't doubt that your writing is good. But don't let your friends get carried away.
Writing, just like any other talent, matures with us as we grow and experience life. Look at how many "child prodigy" singers and actors became famous at a young age and then burned out or disappeared. Don't be in such a hurry. Let your talent marinate, learn as much as you can about good writing, and get your stories critiqued by professional writers to see where you really stand.
I know it sounds cliche, but you really do have the rest of your life to get published.
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Originally Answered: I want to write a story, but which type of story style should I write?
Writing in 2nd person is out. "You went to the door. You opened it." Tragic, really.
Today, 1st person is growing in popularity, at least in YA (young adult) books, and that means books for teens. It can be tricky to remember that you can only write what that one character sees and thinks, so you can't suddenly know what the character's friend is thinking unless the friend tells the character from whose point of view you're writing. If you can manage to write only through the eyes of the one character, 1st person can make your story feel closer, more personal, more real to the reader.
Third person limited can be handier for the writer and is almost a must if you have a lot of characters. It allows you to see through the eyes of one character for a while and then, usually in a new chapter, through the eyes of a different character.
Third omniscient can be messy for a new writer to work with. You know everything that everyone is thinking, saying, and doing, and it's easy to move into chaos. It's also a bit old-fashioned feeling.
In summary, if you can remember to look only through the eyes of your viewpoint character, go for 1st person.
And happy writing!
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I think your family and friends are being overly nice. It's unlikely that you'll be able to write a novel as good as one written by an adult like Stephen King.
That said, my son wrote a novel when he was only 14, a fantasy novel. If you feel you have an aptitude for writting novels then write novels. Writing is best learnt by doing it and the sooner you start the better. And don't worry about people who say you can't be a novelist until you've had more experience of life. If you wait until then you'll never be a novelist. You take care of the writing and let expeience take care of itself.
However, I would have a look at some books on writing along the way. I don't think you need a book on how to write a novel; I think you already have it in you. Nonetheless some books on the art of writing might be of benefit to you. The Art of Fiction by John Gardner and The Writers' Journey by Christopher Volger are two that I can recommend. The Writers' Journey focuses on screen writing, but what he says is clearly applicable to novels.
If you're really serious about becoming a writer I would suggest in a few years time you consider taking a degree in creative writing. I did and found there's so much more to writing than I'd imagined.
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Your friends and family are doing you a disservice. While it's good to have people support and encourage your talents, weighing you down with those kind of grand statements before you've really even begun your craft is a great way to, a) psych you out, and b) convince you that you don't have to work at it and success is just going to fall into your lap.
So my advice is this: worry about getting a good chapter done. Then worry about getting a few good chapters done. Then worry about getting a good book done. Then worry about revising it to make it great. Then worry about trying to find an agent that will accept you. Then worry about them trying to find a publishing company that will accept you. Then worry about it selling well.
And then worry about becoming the next Stephen King.
But my guess? No, you will not be 14 when and if that ever happens.
Keep on keeping on and just do the best you can. Hone your craft, build experience, and seek out knowledge of the field. Good luck on your current project.
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no. but if you have the potential you may in the future. And in writing a novel, you need to learn a lot of experiences in life. If you read The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiography of Sylvia Plath, you can see in few phrases which shown that she find difficulties in writing a novel because she lacks the experiences in life although she is a straight A student and got scholarship. So those experiences and wisdom you gain are very good reverences in writing a novel so since you only 14 you may have little of that. But keep up the good work and keep writing in order to nurture your potential :)
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Even famous authors might never be good enough. It all depends on the reader's tastes, and everybody improves with practice. Keep practicing everyday, like going to a writing website that will give you prompts daily. This helps you write in many styles, even if you may not like the prompt.
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