Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Write Now

Okay, it's decided. Starting in January, here on Go Teen Writers we'll spend 2011 walking through the book writing process. I'm super excited about that, guys. I've been putting together lesson plans (sorry about forcing you to read that phrase during your spare time. I nixed the word "curriculum.") Here's some of what you can expect us to talk about:

  • Organizing your thoughts
  • Making sure your idea is big enough
  • How to make characters sound different from each other
  • Creating an unusual setting
  • Plot Layers
  • Writing Resolutions

And many, many more that I've yet to plan. Sheesh. I may have to post more than twice a week.

Of course now that I've been working on lessons for that, I'm drawing a total blank about what to talk about in the meantime. Drat.

I guess something we can talk about is how we all want this to look. Like when we talk about brainstorming, do you guys want to be able to have the group help you grow your ideas? Because we can make that happen. Assuming the group wants to do it.

The other thing I'll say is this: If you want to write a book, now is the time. There's no reason to wait. You don't need to be wait to be older or wiser or have cooler life experiences. (Though you might need to have those things before you're publishable.) You don't need an office. You don't need to hunker down in the wilderness for 6 months. All you need to do to be a writer is write. Being published doesn't make you a writer. Writing makes you a writer.


  1. This is so exciting! I can't wait to see what all these awesome girls bring to the table. =)

  2. Awesome! I am a new follower and just love your site. I am very excited for this 2011 book writing challenge to start! Thanks for doing it!

  3. Yes, I'd love if we all helped eachother grow our ideas. I'm TRYING to write a book, but then it's just like...I need some help here! And I don't really have anyone in real-life I can ask!

  4. Very understandable, Emii! I've written books both ways - completely isolated and with a community of writers. It's much easier to stay motivated when you're doing it with people!


    ...Ahem. Well, as you can see, I'm excited for the whole plan, because I have an awful habit of being inconsistent with my writings =/

  6. It's very common, Rachel. I assure you, you're not alone!

  7. I'd love to join in! =) But, I have a few questions. Are each of us going to be writing our own tales as you guide us and stuff?


  8. My plan, Jazmine, was that I would post everything in order - from brainstorming to querying agents - and you guys can do with it what you like. If you want to do the steps as I post, great. If you want to save it for later, that's fine too.

  9. This is a super awesome idea, thank you SO MUCH! I'm at the beginning of several stories, but haven't ever made it 1/4 of the way through the first draft so this will help me so much!! :D

  10. Jaedyn, I suffered through the same thing for a long time. Beginnings are just so fun to write!

  11. Ah okay... :)

    And also you have so many amazing ideas held in your head that could be stories but end up never ending the book lol.
    I did that a lot... I've only finished probably 4 books I think. well good sized ones...

  12. 4 is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, Jazmine. I think that's a great accomplishment!