I’m ready to start my book. Does anyone have any advice for a first time author?

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Post by Guest »

I’m about to graduate college. I’m earning my bachelors degree in creative writing. I’m ready to start my book. Does anyone have any advice for a first time author? Unfortunately they didn’t teach us anything about becoming authors, mainly screenwriters.

Here’s some of my questions I have.

Do I need an intro for a YA fiction novel?

What type of pages do I need to include before I start writing my first page. (I got my title page and table of contents written already.)

Post by Lynn »

Unfortunately, most universities don't teach the nuts and bolts of being an author. The exception seems to be BYU in Utah.

I would $50 in Scrivener. You will then have the templates you need to set up your novel.

Post by Sandy »

Advice. You do not need to write every day. Enjoy life around you because living gives you ideas. I subscribed to Writers digest, great stories in there. I agree with others read, read read. Someone here said to forget the TV. Not true, you can get great ideas and how to write better scenes as you watch the actors facial expressions. Go sit in a coffee shot and listen to people talk. This helps with dialogue. Write your story and then go back and edit. You will find yourself editing over and over again.

Post by Robert »

Congratulations on your degree! You're probably sick of reading by now, but I recommend one more before you get started..."Just Write" by James Scott Bell. He focuses on how to develop and hone your ideas, creating believable characters, how to plot and outline your book, etc. It's a short read and by the end you'll be inspired to, well, just write.

To answer your specific questions, typically fiction books don't have an introduction. They may have a prologue, but that's strictly optional. Fiction books also rarely have a table of contents (the eBook version usually will, however).

Other than the title page, you should also have a copyright page, which you can pattern after any book on your shelf.

Don't get bogged down in what goes in the front of the book or the back. For now, get your story written. Then the editing and rewrite phase begins. You'll be polishing your book a lot to get it right, or at least you should. Good luck to you!

Post by Rebekah »

Congratulations on graduation! Huge accomplishment. I don't think you need an introduction to a ya book. Books are divided by genre and age category and readers will already expect YA to include YA themes and standards without any explanation or introduction from you.

Post by Lisa »

If you want to write YA, read YA like a writer. There are some books on writing specifically for the YA market -check them out. Every novel needs a beginning, middle, and end. What do you mean by intro? That's usually reserved for nonfiction or an introduction to a classic.

Post by Shirley »

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Becoming a first-time author can be a challenging but rewarding process. Here are a few pieces of advice that may be helpful as you start writing your book:

Start by making an outline of your story. This can help you organize your ideas and ensure that your plot flows smoothly.

Consider writing a prologue or an introduction. An intro can help set the stage for your story and provide important context for your readers. However, it's not always necessary to include an intro, and whether or not you choose to write one will depend on the specific needs of your story.

Keep your audience in mind as you write. If you're writing a young adult fiction novel, it's important to consider what your target audience will be looking for in a book. What themes, characters, and plot points will they find most engaging and relatable?

Get feedback from others as you write. It can be helpful to share your work with friends, family, or writing groups to get feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Don't be afraid to revise and edit your work. It's normal to go through multiple drafts of a book before it's ready for publication. Be open to making changes and improvements based on feedback you receive.

I hope these suggestions are helpful as you start writing your book. Good luck, and keep writing!

Post by William »

Write when you are not reading, read when you are not writing and for the advanced track throw the TV away. You do not need to give anybody money — allow 5 to 10 years to start learning the language.
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