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My kid's first story

What is "the right way"? Why do you consider it better than some other way to write a story? What do you consider "mistakes"? You can ask your son about why he has made certain stylistic choices or ...
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How to get my book taken seriously as a teenager?

You don't have to do anything special at all. First you will seek an agent, with a query letter. Look up on the Internet or in writing books on Amazon how to write a query letter. Do not mention your ...
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As a young author, how do you make people listen?

It's certainly possible to be published as a very young author. Nancy Yi Fan published her Swordbird series at eleven years old, and Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon in his teens. I loved both of ...
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I feel like people would mock me for trying to become an author at 12, what should I do?

I would say go for it! If you have the possibility of contacting a "proper author," there's no reason not to. If they get back to you or someone from their office does, that would be a huge ...
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I feel like people would mock me for trying to become an author at 12, what should I do?

Your first publication will get harsh criticism whether you're 12, 21, or 120. The fact is, the only way to get good at something is to practice, and the only way to practice is to fail, repeatedly, ...
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As a young author, how do you make people listen?

Figure out your Resources: Even this site says you need to be 13 or have a parent assisting you to use it. Start with a school English teacher, and see if they will beta read the book and give you ...
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My kid's first story

Assuming this isn't a school assignment, subject to a grade, I think your most effective approach right now is just to encourage him in his writing rather than trying to improve it. This is a good ...
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I feel like people would mock me for trying to become an author at 12, what should I do?

Engage in online creative writing/fanfiction forums, with your parents' supervision. If you want to start writing, be aware that the first things you start writing will likely be really bad. This isn'...
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How to creatively handle intoxication when you yourself haven't experienced such a thing?

Writing 'soppy prose' is an entirely separate issue from writing accurately about intoxication. If your examiners are primarily interested in your writing skills and language use you should focus on ...
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Wanting to write a gay kiss... for young audiences

I feel like advice that was given to me about writing characters of the opposite gender also applies here. Just write it as if it were a regular kiss with individuals of separate genders. Of course ...
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How can I focus on writing one book?

Welcome to the Writing Stack, Alayna. When you write, it's usually more effective to focus on one project at a time You've already noticed that you can't always remember what you were planning with ...
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How do I write from a girl's POV?

Just write her like a person. There's really not much else to it. I know it may feel like girls are confusing and mysterious at your age, but honestly, in almost any situation, you should take the ...
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My kid's first story

Try giving him some books to read about the subject he wrote about. You will soon find out if he is really interested in the stories or if it was just something he used to try and get your attention. ...
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Writing about a topic which you don't have personal experience in

Authors have to write about things they haven't experienced all the time. Just look at crime authors writing for TV or Movies: They must show characters being raped, murdered, burned alive, mugged and ...
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Can I self-publish a book on the Kindle store when I'm under 18?

Amazon allows your parent to publish your book for you 4.1 Eligibility. You must have an active Program account in order to participate in the Program. You represent that you are at least 18 ...
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I feel like people would mock me for trying to become an author at 12, what should I do?

Angst has no Age: Youth is filled with self-doubt, criticism, challenges and lack of experience. Guess what? Age is filled with self-doubt, responsibility and inertia. I've ALWAYS wanted to be an ...
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As a young author, how do you make people listen?

How likely are you to see this through? Some authors have churned out huge numbers of books - look up the output of some pulp authors (sci-fi, cowboy, romance, etc.) and be amazed! But you're young. ...
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How to get my book taken seriously as a teenager?

Your readers won't care about your age Sometimes an author will write a little autobiographic blurb that is printed at the end of the book. If you do this and you mention your age in there your ...
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Is it ok to be 11 and be writing a book while behind on school work?

Life as a writer rarely means that you get to write and not do anything else. The number of writers (excluding journalists and other purveyors of non-fiction, usually on assignment) who make a living ...
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How to believe in your novel

Your Novel Will Suck! But that is the first one... Unfortunately, WHATEVER is your first novel will suck, barring massive rewriting. One of my favorite books, Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold, ...
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How to creatively handle intoxication when you yourself haven't experienced such a thing?

Remember that researching an issue or experience you don't have experience with doesn't just mean "reading up" on it. A time-honoured research approach is to find people with the experience you're ...
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Is there a limit to the amount of books to a child?

No, there is no limit, other than how fast she can type. To get published, she would need a parent or guardian to sign publishing contracts on her behalf.
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How do I make a contract with multiple authors

Adapted from my answer to Can I self-publish a book on the Kindle store when I'm under 18? Absolutely, whenever you publish something with multiple authors—whether it's a collaboration or a work ...
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I feel like people would mock me for trying to become an author at 12, what should I do?

"especially people I want to impress" If you're doing it because authors get all the hot <insert cute term for gender/orientation here> then you're probably SOL. If you're doing it ...
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My kid's first story

Though he looks forward to my praise, which I surely do, he gets bored every time I try to outline his flaws in the story. That's pretty standard 11-year-old-boy behavior. I peeked at their handbook ...
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How to get published at a young age?

One of the other answers might have been a bit harsh and would lead more established writers to mutter sarcastically "wish I'd thought of that", but there's something useful in it - it sounds like you'...
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Restrooms for characters

You will almost never need to describe a character's bodily functions in a book. In the vast majority of cases while writing - and in the Young Adult (YA) genre in particular, which is very iffy on ...
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My kid's first story

You have already received very valuable inputs from the community, however, I would like to add my 50 cents to it. I am a semi-professional writer, web developing and civil engineering being my ...
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