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What kind of story should a 13-year-old write for a book/novel?

Asked by iNDiRAHOLiC26 (40points) September 24th, 2011

I’m already thirteen years old and I want to write a good novel about a teen’s life or maybe a fantasy story and it can also be teenage romance. What kind of story should it be? I really want some advice. I’d appreciate all kinds of opinion. Thanks everyone! :DD

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iNDiRAHOLiC26's avatar

I’d appreciate all types of opinions.. :DD Thanks a lot!! :DD

dreamwolf's avatar

Write about everything you understand right now. You’ll be amazed how much more you understand in the future, it’s almost ridiculous, since you’ll go through wayyyyyyy more experiences in your life, whether they are traumatic, or inspiring. Go from imagination, that’s always fun.

trailsillustrated's avatar

The best writer in the world ( somerset maugham) said, ‘write from experience. write about what you know”. A successful teen story will include: a struggle with an intense (can be just attraction) love or pull toward someone, an intense and fearful struggle with evil, adverse circumstances, or other, and , an ending that either makes the reader cry their eyes out, or feel relief and gratitude. Good luck to you

iNDiRAHOLiC26's avatar

@dreamwolf @trailsillustrated Thanks for your answers.. :DD It really helped me out.. I’m really inspired by your answers and I won’t forget your advices.. :DD THANKS AGAIN.. :D

Jeruba's avatar

What do you like to read? Write the kind of story that you would enjoy reading. Thinking about your experience and preferences as a reader helps you know what it takes to make a good story.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@iNDiRAHOLiC26 : Welcome to Fluther.

I’m glad you want to start writing at such a young age. That’s wonderful.

Really, you can write about anything.

Have you thought about starting with something a little bit more manageable like a short story? It will teach you the ins and outs of plot, character, setting, and dialog. Writing a whole novel is quite tricky, not to mention time consuming.

Best of luck to you.

trailsillustrated's avatar

@iNDiRAHOLiC26 just write,write,write, and then, over time, re-read it and develop a plan.

lemming's avatar

Don’t ask us, when the book is finished do you want to say, ‘yeah, I got the idea off some dude on the internet’, or stand back proud and say ‘that all came from me 100%’

iNDiRAHOLiC26's avatar

I’m so happy to have such great people respond to my question.. @Jeruba I definitely love to read about fantasy.. @Hawaii_Jake Thanks to you.. I already thought about that and I’m still working on it. Yes, I agree, It’s very tricky. I do hope I can make it. :D

keobooks's avatar

When I was your age, I wrote constantly. Here is where I got my ideas.

1. I would record my dreams and write stories based on those. I still do that.
2. I would read all the time and if there was anything about me that bothered me about an ending or a part of a book, I’d re-write the book to suit my own tastes.
3. I would write a book that I wished was published and I could read but it didn’t exist yet.
4. I would take really long walks and look around, constantly asking “what if…’ to myself. i’d imagine living in certain houses or imagine that the road I was walking on was a simulation of a road in some sort of matrix type thing.

If you get any ideas at all, but they are too small to write a whole story about write them down somewhere. I do it on index cards. every month or so, you can check the cards and see if any of the ideas fit together or are more interesting and you can expand on them.

I don’t feel right about telling someone what to write. The idea generation is the most fun and easy part of the process. Train your brain to be an idea making machine.

iNDiRAHOLiC26's avatar

@keobooks Thanks for sharing.. :DD

Jeruba's avatar

Excellent answer, @keobooks, and very apt sounding for this questioner.

wundayatta's avatar

Write about what it’s really like to be inside your own head. What are your concerns? What are your relationships like? What are your feelings? Do not interpret anything. Just describe what you do and what your friends and parents and teachers do, and what you think when you do it. Do not tell us what it means. Do not take any shortcuts. Get as detailed as you possibly can. When there are feelings, try to say what they are like by comparing them to other experiences you have had.

Never use anything you have heard anyone else say (unless it’s a character saying it). No sayings. Nothing like “clean as a whistle” or “smart as a whip” or anything else people say all the time. If you must make a simile or metaphor, use something that you relate to in your own life. What is the cleanest thing you’ve ever seen? Ok, clean as that. Who is the smartest person or thing you’ve ever seen?

Write to yourself. Write about everything you know. Don’t write about anything you haven’t personally experienced. Resist the urge to copy something you’ve read—either a plot idea or a voice. Speak in your own words. Only use your own words. Don’t try to be anything or anyone else.

Your story will arise out of your own life. Once you get a sense of the story, you can add wishful thinking into it. If that has fantasy elements, cool. If you wish things in your life could have happened differently, then imagine them differently. But start with what you have experienced for real.

Do not worry about what to talk about. Talk about your own life. That’s it. Do not talk about how you feel in any way, shape or form. Only describe feelings and thought. Never name them. Do not say you felt love. Describe what you do that made you think you felt love. Never tell anyone you felt love. Describe what you did and people will draw their own conclusions. That’s what you want.

Sunny2's avatar

Stories are often set around family life and school life and experiences that occur there with twists of the imagination that make things more interesting. For practice, write descriptions of people, places, feelings, sensations, reactions etc. Some people just start writing and see what comes. Others know the basic story they want to tell and flesh it out. Do what comes naturally for you. Have fun with it!

trailsillustrated's avatar

@keobooks now that, is some real advice. you have revealed so much.

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