How to Be a Good Writer (Teens)

Sometimes, people get the urge to write. A book - even. Here is an article on how to be a good writer.


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    Decide what sort of story you want to write and how it's going to develop (turn out). It's fun to surprise yourself, but it's easy to write yourself into a corner without some kind of plan. Check out the different genres out there and choose the one that interest you.
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    Get inspired. It can sometimes be difficult to get ideas. But really, ideas are everywhere- even in our dreams. Look around, but also look inside yourself, for inspiration. Read other well written books, and even a funny happening in life could give you an idea. Listen to music, watch a movie, or play a video game. The best way for ideas to come to you is to relax your mind and let brains come naturally to you.
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    Decide what tense the story will be in. Past, present, or future? Will you be telling it, or the person in the book. (For example, you: Katie opened the large metal door, hoping to find her dreams. For example: The character: I opened the large metal door hoping to find my dreams.) Learn about the different point of views out there such as first, second, and third. Learning them and understanding them will help when you sit down to write.
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    Stay in touch with the real world- read newspapers and the internet. Broadening your reality will improve your ability to share an alternate reality- your story!
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    Start building up your vocabulary. Every book has to have some big words in it. Read books, newspapers and do well in English at school. It is a good idea to keep a dictionary and a thesaurus near you when you are writing. They come in handy when you want to simplify or elevate your vocabulary.
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    Craft the characters. When you know what your story is about think carefully about your main characters. Get to know them. Not just their age and clothes and hairstyle but every aspect of their personality. The more real they are to you, the easier it will be to predict their actions in the circumstances you put them in. They might even surprise you! Try to find pictures on the internet similar to what your character will look like.Or even draw him/her/it out. Use a sim program to create a more sturdy picture of human characters. Go over every detail about your character like their race, likes/ dislikes, family, personality, and much more.
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    Try to have some sad chapters or sad endings. We all like happy things to happen but sometimes stories are less interesting if it's happy all the time. Tragedy is how characters grow- think about how you've handled things when you had problems, and how you could have handled them better. Give your characters a chance to grow, too.
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    Try to have a strong beginning, a good middle and a proper ending, but if you get fed up or bored halfway through, don't worry! Leave your story for a couple of days to see if you can get new ideas, but if you don't get any, don't give up! Look to your plan, and ask yourself what the characters need to do to go from where they are to where they need to be. Ideas will come!
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    Expect rejection as part of the process. For virtually every published author, there are hundreds of rejection notices that they have accrued over the years of writing. Don't give up! Keep writing, and eventually, you'll find a publisher willing to publish your story. Or you can start a website, and share your work with others that way. Having people you don't know enjoying your stories can be a great feeling! You might even meet other aspiring authors. In any case, keep your old stories for more ideas and to show you how much you've grown!


  • Once you finish, copy all of your story on the computer for easier editing and eventually publishing!
  • When you are drafting, try using the format 'heart, star, dot' if it's a short story. Heart is your main idea (s), stars are the important details, and dots are the examples from the text that support the stars.
  • Get some good advice with someone who is experienced. A good English teacher is usually a great source of ideas!
  • When you travel anywhere, on the airplane you might see some people and get some ideas from them. E.g a man with a beard might be the father(characters)
  • Have a mystery going on and have the characters trying to solve it! It doesn't have to be a mystery story, but the characters might not know what's happening even if the reader does.
  • Get some peace and quiet and try to clear your head and focus.
  • When you are out in the streets and you see someone looking sad ask yourself why this might be and make up a story about it. Maybe you see two girls giggling and making fun of a poor girl, you can work out their story easily. You don't have to know these people, just pretend!
  • When going to friends for advice, be wary. A friend can either tell you it's "Perfect" or "Amazing" out of loyalty and a dread of hurting your feelings, or they could tell you that it's terrible, with absolutely no consideration for your feelings. If your friend tells you it's good, ask them to tell you why they liked it, what they liked best, and at least one thing they didn't like. If your friend tells you it's terrible, ask them to tell you why, and if they can't give a legitimate reason, then ignore their comment. If they do give you a detailed reason, carefully consider what they say, because there is a good chance that other readers might feel the same way. Feedback is a gift!
  • If you're having trouble developing characters, ask yourself if your characters have any pets or if they have any deep secrets or their favorite thing to eat and their hobbies. Get to know them like your best friends!
  • Don't worry if you make a mistake, nobody's perfect. Try to get your parents or teachers to proofread your work too.
  • Drink lots of water and healthy food to stay focused. Try to eat some candy or chocolate to have a bit of energy.
  • Show your book to a professional editor and if you want graphics in your book then show it to a professional illustrator
  • Always have a pen or a pencil and a notebook.
  • Make a list of characters and a list of ideas and carry your notebook around you all the time, you never know when you'll have an idea!
  • Even if you are young and love to write, you should try to showcase your writing in many competitions, so you have a better chance in winning. If you don't win, it's okay. We all have different opinions! But you should look over your piece and edit so you won't make the same mistake again.
  • Never give up on your book that is the worse thing you can do.
  • It will get hard but don't look back and keep writing.
  • After you finish the first book, start on the next one.
  • After you finish writing the first draft, take some time away from it and then go back to it and edit.
  • Edit mercilessly.


  • Writing a book is a lot of work- it's a lot like a job. You may be doing something you love, but remember, it takes discipline to finish a book. You can't just wait for ideas to come to you- sometimes you need to chase them down!
  • Make sure you're having fun! Writing shouldn't be a chore.
  • Don't stay up all night working on your story. It is not healthy! Instead, try to set aside some time each day to work on your story!
  • It's a good idea to get feedback, but be careful when posting your work online. Only a few websites will copyright your work for you, and if you post on a site that doesn't, you take the risk of someone stealing your work. On the other hand, don't plagiarize!
  • Try to avoid cliches.
  • Don't make a character like Barbie or Bella. In the writing community characters like this are known as Mary Sues-- overly-perfect characters who basically exist to be cool or fall in love with a cute guy. Note that a character can be very cool without being a Mary Sue, though-- it has to do with how realistic they are and how the audience reacts to them.
  • Sad endings might seem less cliché than happy endings, but lately there have been a lot of sad endings, and honestly, they have become even more overused than happy endings. Don't go out of your way to make sad endings when a happy ending would work better.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Notebook
  • Pen/pencil
  • A proofreader

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