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So You Want to Write a Novel But No One Is Taking You Seriously: How to Become Serious

Its hard being a young person with a creative mind, no one takes you seriously at all. Seriously, I tell people that I want to be a film director and make action, sci-fi, and fantasy movies and nine times out of ten people are like “Yeah, okay.” People often don’t listen much to what teenagers, college students and young adults have to say because they believe that we will change our mind as to what we want to do, while there are people like me who are being absolutely dead serious. Now i’m at the stage where in my spare time I am writing what I am planning to be a novel that was half inspired by Game of Thrones. I kept telling everybody “I’m going to write a novel, just you wait!” and no one believed me – until I shared with them a synopsis and an excerpt of the first chapter. Here’s the first post in what may become a series: So You Want to Write a Novel But No One is Taking You Seriously.

Part One: How to Become Serious (and convince others that you are as well)

I started writing The Throne Murders in April 2013. Back then I did not have any back story planned out or even character names, I just wrote and made them all up as I went. I wrote straight for a good month or so and had come out at about maybe 7,000 words and about a chapter and a half. Then I forgot about it and when I heard about National Novel Writing Month at the end of October 2013, I was quick to sign up and I wrote about 9 more chapters and reformatted the book during that month and landed at about 53,000+ words all together, winning NaNoWriMo. But I was nowhere near done with the novel, to me that wasn’t even halfway through my story. I went back and did some editing in the following months, which got my word count reduced sadly, but then I sort of just left it alone.

My goal for the summer is to get past the halfway point of the novel. I’m at 10 chapters and editing is still going on, I need to get to work. But my motivation to work on it is draining.

So what am I saying here? That I need to get my ass in gear and become serious about writing this thing. I needed to become organized and set up relationships, establish kingdoms and placed and have it all planned out in front of me so that my thoughts were clear.

To see what I could find to help me, I went onto Pinterest. I from there downloaded a program called Scrivener, which is a writing program that allows you to write all sort os things like novels, manuscripts and screenplays also. I love this program. Its helped me so much with editing and getting my thoughts organized together. (Please excuse part of Chris Pine’s face – my boyfriend thought it was funny to make him my desktop background on my big desktop computer. I have yet to change it)

As you can see, its very neat and clean and organized view. I used to be writing in Microsoft Word, but now I am completely over here in Scrivener and I love it. The license costs $45 but you can try it 30 days for free. I’m on the free right now, hoping to save a little bit of money to afford the $45 license by the time it runs out on both my computers. The program was made for Macs but there is also a Windows version. If you’re interested in the program go here to buy it.

So now that you have a program to write with, you’re going to need to think more about the actual story its self. Believe it or not, I wrote my original story idea down just on just TextEdit, I think before that it was even just on an app called StickyNotes. But here was what my story started out with (obviously 99% of this has been changed):

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As you can see, this is all just a jumbled mess of ideas that don’t have much sense to them, but its the start of an idea and the start of getting serious about writing and showing people that you are in fact serious about writing a novel. When you have your idea jotted down, next you need to get down to business and actually start developing your characters, setting, and start looking at your story more, which I will talk about next week!

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