Wednesday, September 2, 2009
"Teenagers Can Write Novels" by Heather Paye
Self discipline takes on a major role in writing. As a writer you have no boss, no one to tell you when or where to write, or even how to do it. This is why you have to do that yourself, you must be the boss and the worker. You have to look at things this way – You don’t work, you don’t get paid. But, then again, I wouldn’t really call writing “working” so to speak.
Writing is an art, and art is a way of expressing yourself, which is why in art you need only write what you know, express yourself, and only aim to please yourself. That’s right, take a breath out; there isn’t so much pressure to do well, or to write the right thing. Anyone can write if they push themselves enough, when I started odds were against me, my grammar was something like that of a 2nd grader, and my punctuation was non-existent. I went from not using punctuation at all, to looking down on writers twice my age saying to myself: “How could they get something like that wrong? It’s simple grammar.” As I wrote I learned more and more about writing in general, you could say that it all came naturally as I wrote. And that was 5 years ago. I’ve hidden the first stories that I ever created from sight, they’re very scary, and almost completely illegible. But, they are good reminders of how far I’ve come.
The easiest part of writing is not always the beginning, but if you split the book up into four pieces, it would be the 2/4ths part, the beginning/middle part that is the easiest, after you get your book going in the direction that it’s going. The hard part is finishing it. You really have to push yourself. Sometimes I take a few weeks off of writing that particular piece so that my mind is fresh and I can finish the story easily.
Writing takes a little bit getting used to, but once you get in the groove it all becomes second nature. Writing has been used for billions of years and anyone can do it if they put their minds to it, no matter what the age. If you can spell words, you can write; everything else will come naturally. A great resource for aspiring writers is http://www.writing.com a community of every kind of writer there is, new, old, young, and experienced. Another is http://www.nanowrimo.org a contest that happens every November where you attempt to write a novel in one month. I highly recommend it to those who have a hard time finishing novels.
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