I am 13 years old and I want to be an author. What can I do to prepare for my career?


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Arthur Wright Profile
Arthur Wright answered
Go to your nearest Library and read all you can about writing and styles and learn as much as you can from the Internet too and that should get you started and attend any local seminars given by any authors and if possible, pick their brain for ideas
Jessie Cuellar Profile
Jessie Cuellar answered
Come up with some ideas and write them down. Build on your ideas, until you have a full story. And most importantly don't use any one elses ideas. I don't mean pleajurizm, although that's bad to, imean if one of yuor buddies says a caracter should do something, don't listen to them. They are your characters and only you know what would go through their head and what they would do
Noah Green Profile
Noah Green answered

Hey there, bud. The last thing an aspiring young author like yourself needs to do, is write a ton of stuff and just let it get all dusty in those notebooks of yours. Write novels to your hearts content, but on the side, write some short stories and submit them to a few writing competitions. Keep doing that as you write novels. You need to get your name out there as much as possible! Good luck!

Lily Bradic Profile
Lily Bradic , Writer, Reader, Literature and Creative Writing student, answered

The most important thing a writer can do, other than write, is read.

Why Is Reading So Important?

You can't be a good writer if you haven't read widely - just as you can't write a pop song without knowing what a pop song sounds like.

Ideally, you should be reading and writing every day if you want half a chance at becoming any good at writing. If you don't have time to read and write on a daily basis (if you've got time to watch TV, you've got time to read!) then at least make sure you're doing an hour of one or the other.

Reading helps you with the following:

  • Spelling and grammar
  • Understanding genre conventions
  • Understanding structure
  • Understanding plot and story
  • Knowing what not to write - in some ways, I actually think that reading a book and disliking it is just as helpful as reading a book and liking it, providing you take time to think about what you didn't like.

Write, Write, Write

They say it takes around fifteen years for a writer to find their voice. Whether or not this is true, you still need to put in a hell of a lot of practise.

Every time I read over something I've written in the past, I spot flaws in it, or things I don't like, or I think it's terrible. This is a good thing - if I looked back on my old work and thought it was great, then that would mean that I hadn't improved as a writer.

Don't Expect To Make Money

It's almost impossible to earn a living from writing in the current publishing climate. By the time you're old enough to begin your career, this may have changed, but I doubt it will have changed that substantially.

If you write because you want to be a rich and famous author, you're writing for the wrong reasons, and you're wasting your time. Even getting published is no guarantee that you'll earn enough money to live on.

If I were you, I'd study English Literature and Creative Writing when you get to university - because the reading part (English Literature) is just as important as the writing.

In the mean time, just keep practising, and good luck!

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Miranda Innaimo
Miranda Innaimo commented
I agree with this answer very much. I've been writing for about two-thirds of my life now, and I wouldn't be any good if I haven't put in years reading and practicing writing.

Find a genre of books that interest you, and dive in until your eyes hurt. Read and read and read until you dream of written words. Read to develop your minds eye, that ability to see images deep within your imagination.

And as far as writing, there are so many ways to develop your tone. I did online RPG for a while, just to practice writing spontaneously, quickly, and co-operatively. I wrote in my online-journal everyday for ten years, both poetry and diary entries. And these days, I compose fiction, poetic prose, and free-verse poetry.

I wish you the best.
KA RR Profile
KA RR answered

Hey, I'm just about your age and I'm going through the same thing!If you want to become an author, then that's fantastic! (I'm really glad someone my age wants to become an author just like me!)

First, you need to find out what type of writing you want to do. If you love the idea of using your imagination in your writing, then fantasy or fiction may be your first choice. If you're more of someone who loves facts, then you might be leaning towards non-fiction and biographies.

After that, pay attention in English class. You can say you want to become a writer, but prove to yourself that you're not lying. You can prove this by learning the proper grammar and basic rules about writing, especially in English.

If you plan to make a series of books (fantasy or fiction), let me give you one key tip. Every reader hates, HATES it when the books after the first one get less interesting. (It's a fact, I'm pretty sure.) For example, The Maze Runner. If you read the series, the first book was so interesting I was captivated into every word. When I picked up the next one, I couldn't stay awake. (Sorry fans of James Dashner!) Do not do this, I'm begging you.

Next practice your metaphors that you insert in your book. If you notice, some of the best stories have amazing metaphors that help the reader imagine the scene that the characters are in. For example, "Her blue eyes sparkled in the moonlight, and her blonde hair waved gently with the subtle wind." Use crafty imagery to keep your audience listening.

Research! We have the Internet for a reason! There are tons of articles on websites like WikiHow that can help you with tips. You can do it! And good luck.

Duane Bryant Profile
Duane Bryant answered
Keep a diary.  Many authors write about what they know best:  Themselves and their lives.  Or write a page about something that happened to you that day.  Or make up a story about something.  They don't have to be books, a page will do.  Many books start out as a story about something that happened, that turned into a chapter (as more information was brought in), that turned into chapters.  Start small and gradually increase the length of each story.  A real good book is usually a real good story that someone wrote down.

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