What if I told you that if you felt like it, you could have a book written and published by the time you reach your teen years? It’s not necessarily an easy thing to do, but if you stick to it, it can be a fun process! I’ll definitely talk more about the “process” of writing a book, but I want to first touch on some things.
Kids, as writers, would you like to know some of the biggest things that stop you from being a published, best-selling author?
Impatience, fear, and self-doubt.
It takes a really long time to go from “I’ve got a great book idea!” to “I’m a published author!” A lot of kids get great ideas, but then they start writing and never finish because they are impatient with themselves and with their story. If you have a story idea, or multiple ideas, pick one to work on at a time. Write any other ideas down in a safe place (like in a notebook or typed up in a safe file on your computer.) Then, with the idea you’ve picked, stick with it. It could take five years, it could take less than that, it really depends on you. But, if you have patience with it, you will end up with a book you can be proud of.
Fear, because not all people are going to love your book. If you’ve ever read a book and thought, “eh, not very good,” or even “UGH THAT BOOK WAS TERRIBLE!” well, someone somewhere might think the same thing about your book. But that’s okay, because writers need to know what people dislike about their writing, so that a writer can grow and get better. And many people will probably love your book, so don’t be stopped by the people who don’t.
Self-doubt is another problem, kids. Do you know what it is? Have you ever thought that maybe you aren’t good enough to be an author? That’s doubting yourself. But you know what? You can write a book. So don’t discard ideas because you don’t think you’re good enough, because you are!
Best of luck!