This is the story of a regular person from Orland Park, Illinois. This person woke up one morning and decided he wanted to write a teen novel as a teen himself. For three years he thought, worked, revised, and revised some more. And one day his novel, The Skyscraper of Babel, was finished and ready to be published. Most interesting of all, this person is me – no one special. This article is not about self promotion, but rather to prove that with passion and creativity, you too can learn how to write a published novel someday.
One of the best and most rewarding experiences in life is to write your own novel, whether you’re a teen or an adult. While there are many great readers out there and even more great books, there are many people who don’t think they can be great writers, let alone write a real book. Well, there’s a secret that we aspiring readers and writers need to share – anyone can write a novel, if you believe in yourself.
So You Want to Write a Novel – Where to Start
To write a good book as a teen or an adult, however, takes time and hard work. The first step you need to take to write your own novel is to think of an idea. From fantasy fiction to biography nonfiction, write about something you love and know about. Jot down your ideas, think of characters, plot devices, and before long your book will be coming together.
Don’t think about publishing yet. Get the book finished. Only after it’s been revised countless times and polished until it shines will your book be ready to be sent to book publishers or literary agents. My published novel, The Skyscraper of Babel, took a lot of editing and revising and more editing and revising until it was ready to be sent off.
Writing Tips to Help You Write Your First Teen Novel
The best writing tip to help you write your first novel as a teen is to write a single sentence on a sign and hang it somewhere in your room – the title of your novel. If your book doesn’t have a title, write a word that means something to you. Every time you feel like giving up or you can’t write your book, look at that sign and get down to writing again. Little by little, you’ll make progress on your novel.
While I am still waiting on some literary agents and publishing companies to see if they are interested in publishing my novel in print, I have begun to sell and market my novel. From posting links to my book on social media sites, to contacting the local paper, to pushing my book and writings to everyone I know, it’s up to you to sell your book. Learning how to write your first novel is only half the battle – it is marketing it and making your name known that will get your book truly published.
The Key to Writing a Published Book – Write It
The key tip on learning how to write a published novel is not just writing a great story book, making a fast plot and cool characters, or even writing research – it’s just sitting down and writing. It is a long process to write your own novel, but it is a labor of love.
And I am a great example of just another person who loved to read and write, and (given a few years and a lot of hard work) wrote his own novel to share his ideas with the world. Take out that pen and get on that computer, and start writing your own book to be published someday. You can do it.