Can someone help me with a book?
Topic: An author writing a book
June 17, 2019 / By Clement Question:
Hi. I'm 14 years old and i consider myself a writer.
I don't understand what's happened to kids even my age these days. I was in the general classes for my 8th grade and I felt oh so out of place.I was the only person that read for fun. most of the kids in my class wouldnt pick up a book to save their lives. To avoid this i joined AP classes so hopefully I can avoid the frustration of describing a situation as heart wrenching and having people look at me like I'm crazy.
The reason I'm writing this question is I recently started writing a book. My Language Arts teacher set up an author visit with a professor of her's at a college. The professor was a writer so my teacher thought she could teach me about publicition of a book I had previousally been experimenting with. This author crushed my dream. She preached only that I was all too young and that if I chose to persue my "crazy dream" I would be sentenced to a life only known for my first book and the low quality (if it was so) that it held. I was utterly hummiliated. At the end of the year I started another book and I have been working on it sense.
I read the Twilight series after I had started and now I hear the word Twilight all too much. All the hype sometimes kills me. The feeling my books will never amount to this standard Twilight seemingly set so high. I was wondering if i could have some help. Please dont steal my ideas because i have worked so hard for this and it is my dream to be published and reconized for my work. The book hopefully will be called The Link or Thirst (Any better ideas please let me know) My book is about vampires (arent they all?) The character moves to italy and finds she is the last link between vampires and humans who are forced to assimilate together. With the help of an Italian vampire, Marcello, (they are in love) she must stop a war from errupting and wiping out the human race.
If anyone has any comments or opinions or any help they can offer please do. I would love to get published and help with that is welcome also. Please help.
does anyone have title ideas?
I was thinking Thirst or The Link but I need options please.
Btw: if you have a title make sure it sounds good as if it were a movie. Thats my other goal, to make it a movie before I leave Highschool.
Best Answers: Can someone help me with a book?
Amran | 1 day ago
That's so awesome.
U know what? I'm in the same situation as u are!
I'm 14, and love writing. My dream is to become an author, and one day have a movie based off my books!
in eigth grade, I was usually the only one reading...every1 else would talk and fool around.
Maybe something more interesting for the title? I like Thirst better than the link. But maybe something unusual...like...Midnight Moon...or Scarlet Sky...or Dark Chaos (but I could totally see Thrist as a title!).
If you want, give me an email at [email protected]
I maybe could help you with stories ideas and stuff, and you could help me (I always get stuck in the middle of writing, I'm better at the begining and end). Or we could just talk about different stories ideas and stuff.
Don't listen to what anyone tells you, that author was abviously discouraging you! You can do it, and I can do it. I'd try again and again...never give up 'till you make it!
PS, good luck!
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Originally Answered: Would Ann Coulter's book "Godless" be a good book to critique for a college essay?
Huffington IS completely off of the tracks, her only qualification is that she married well. Her books are rants and raves that do not hold up to even the slightest scrutiny.
Coulter is an Ivy League educated attorney and her logic is very sound and she verifies her facts. Her views may be tough for people to take but you rarely see anyone question her facts or logic specifically. You usually read things such as "she's ugly" (she is quite attractive) or that she is off the tracks, they are never very specific.
Even with that said unless college has changed since I graduated 15+ years ago I would stick with Huffington.
You will increase your likelihood of garnering a satisfactory grade by regurgitating Huffington's views because that is the sort of people who are teaching.
You can learn the facts and become enlightened after you begin working. You usually get a huge case of conservatism the first time you have to make payroll.
It's really sad when "professionals" come across as too busy to care about someone else's work or altogether trash the writing and the writer's confidence. There will be people like that along the way. Ignore them. Write the best you can and pursue those so-called "crazy" dreams. Everyone has "crazy" dreams at some point. Some of those people actually pursue them no matter what anyone says. Case in point, I recently saw the play "Les Mis" (am I like the only person who hadn't seen it before? Haha.), and afterward I read on wikipedia that everyone trashed Victor Hugo's book. Unbelievable! Whether the plot was accurate for the time or he was a sympathizer of the revolutionaries, there are some very good concepts about humanity in the play. My point is that no matter what anyone says about you or your writings, stay confident and focused. Any changes you make, make them because you chose to change or improve something based on how you believe your plots should be. A little off topic, but bear with me. In the Bible, Paul tells Timothy "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12). My point: don't let anyone despise you or your writings because of your age. It's possible to have a "screw you" attitude without being conceited.
I have no interest in writing about vampires--ever--and would never steal someone's work. That's just plain wrong, and I'd hate it if someone did that to me. I'm good at the mechanics of English. If you'd like costructive criticism/advice about your story I'm willing to help.
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I started many books as a teenager, and I wish I had had some sort of guidance.
Don't you believe that nasty old professor. It sounds like she is all bitter because she did not acheive everything she dreamed of so she wants to crush your dream.
I would tell you, however that if you are doing a vampire novel, it needs to be unusual, not your hum-drum TYPICAL vampire story. Add your own unique things to it.
You need the element of surprise, have unexpected twists in your plot. Under-exposing is NOT your enemy at all. In fact, the reader really needs to know the characters as the novel closes, but you can keep character secrets secret, and then reveal clues to their pasts, without revealing them in full, and reveal them later. That intrigues the reader far more than having the main character's life story blurted out in the first chapter.
Each chapter needs to have the reader asking questions, wanting to find out more. Remember, they do not NEED to read your novel. People will not read your book as a favour to you. You must draw them through by dangling verbal carrots; so that they simply cannot put the book down, because they need to find out what happens next, or hear what it is that Marcello has to say that is so ground-breaking, or find out what happened to make her (the character) so closed off as a person. (or whatever)
Hmmm. Let me think on the title for you, I may give a suggestion... let me sit on it a while. :-)
I will throw out some ideas; maybe you can use them, or they will be basis of something.
1. The Prowling
2. Hunters in the night
3. The Tuscan Darkening (or wherever in Italy you are setting it); the darkening referring to the growing attitudes of war.
How is she a link? Is she a half-breed? Is she a sorceress who can cross between realms? Are these magical vampires, or scientific vampires? Do they live on Earth or something like a dark version of Avalon?
Is she to be some sort of ambassador or mediator? How is she the link?
I am asking that because it could help with choosing your title. You do not need to answer me directly, but think about it for yourself. :-)
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You go girl! I love reading and when I was in 9th grade, I felt the same way. I'd ask my friends if they liked reading and they would either say no or they loved/love Twilight.
Twilight is only a best seller, it doesn't make it good. Ask your self. Would I rather have a badly written book and become best seller or have well written book and not sell as well?
I like the title and I don't have anything to add.
Oh by the way, just because the author told said you were too young doesn't mean you are. The best thing you can do is prove her wrong!
Tell me how things are going with the book by the way. I'm trying to write stories, not a book but I'm getting there. lol.
GOOD LUCK AND YOU GO GIRL!
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dream. She preached only that I was all too young and that if I chose to persue my "crazy dream" I would be sentenced to a life only known for my first book and the low quality (if it was so) that it held. I was utterly hummiliated. At the end of the year I started another book and I have been working on it sense.
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