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What tips do you have for young writers?How does a young writer become successful and...

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funnybunnysilly | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM via web

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What tips do you have for young writers?

How does a young writer become successful and how would you go about getting your first novel published? Is it hard to make it into the writing industry?

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 6, 2012 at 12:09 AM (Answer #2)

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It's very hard to make it in the writing (publishing) industry. My advice is to write daily, whether you feel like it or not, whether you think it's any good or not. You have to be willing to show your work to other people for feedback and to re-write everything a number of times. Nobody gets it right the first time. And, write about what you know. Don't try to be an expert in an area in which you are not.

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funnybunnysilly | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2012 at 12:11 AM (Answer #3)

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Ok, Thank you! Sometimes when I write, I think its good at first, but when I re-read it, it doesn't sound very interesting and I always have writers block on how to fix it. Thanks again for the advice!

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 6, 2012 at 12:54 AM (Answer #4)

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Read, read, read and pay attention to how what you read is written. Then write, write, write and be sure to take to heart the edits and criticisms--positive and negative--that you receive from your teachers and editors. Submit your material to as may publishers as possible, but don't hold your breath. Few writers are lucky enough to get their novels published, but persistence--and quality craftsmanship--are still keys to success in the literary field.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM (Answer #5)

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You're getting some great advice here. Posts #2 and #4 offer the most common and the best advice there is, in my opinion, as to how a person can most effectively develop as a writer. 

Growing as a writer effectively boils down to reading and writing with consistency and focus. 

You mention that you have trouble fixing work after a first draft. Another piece of advice is to learn to think of editing your work as part of the creative process. Editing is not just part of the writing process, but part of the creative side of what goes into writing a short story, a novel or a play. 

As an exericise you might take a story you've written. Save one copy on your computer as version one then be very free in the changes you make to the story and edit with abandon. Cut words. Cut sentences. Cut paragraphs. Look for holes and fill them. Then save this as version two and compare the stories. Ask yourself which one is better. 

Usually, it'll be the second version. 

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM (Answer #6)

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One thing that many professional writers suggest is to put a finished piece of writing away for several weeks, or even a couple of months, to let it "cool off". Go on to work in something else - #2 is certainly correct about writing every day- and after the first piece has had some time to sit, pull it out and edit and rewrite it. You may have to repeat the cycle several times to get a really good piece.

Another thing I would suggest is that you try to be open to a variety of genres and lots of different ideas. Many times people get in a rut because they only write in one style or genre. You might want to try a variety of prompts, like this 30 day writer's challenge.

Understand that it's hard and it may take a while to succeed. Don't give up!

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drahmad1989 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:13 PM (Answer #7)

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Try ro write your dreams and this will make you some day much conscince about your feeling whatever you think in a day dreams represents this. in this way you can thiink whatever you dont think in conscience. Dreams can invent some new words, event, inventions, and worlds also .

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