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Hello to everyone in CRICKET!!! I really want to be a writer when I grow up. I love writing and reading. If you could please help me, I need some tips from people to get me through this because sometimes I'm not so confident that I'll make it to be a writer. Please help!!!

Thank you!!! 

submitted by Zoe R., age 11, North Carolina
(August 2, 2008 - 2:17 pm)

oh yeah, btw, cicada has this thing called the slam (if u havent heard of it) and you can submit stuff

but their website is down


and i think they have a word limit



submitted by Le Pie Thrower, age 0, Somewhere under
(August 18, 2008 - 2:27 pm)

Zoe, as with most other skills, the more you practice the better you'll do! So write, write, write. Read and reread what you've done and make any changes you'd like to. You can also learn  by reading a lot of what others have written.

Cricketeers, have you noticed that we have a campfire story contest going on right now? It's only listed on our Web site. You have to hurry though, because we must receive your story via US mail by August 25. But since the theme is any story you'd like to tell around a campfire, you aspiring writers may already have something written that will fit the bill. Be sure to read the rules (350 word limit). You can find the campfire story contest rules by clicking on the link on our home page. We're eager to read your stories!

submitted by Old Cricket, age As old as , Cricket Country
(August 19, 2008 - 10:48 am)

Zoe R.,

Remember, even the most talented writers are at the stage that you are at right now. No one is ever sure in the beginning that they can write a book! It's hard to do! You have to come up with the plot, the characters, the title, the backround, the setting, EVERYTHING!!!!!! I've been writing for a long time, since I was very young. I'm always writing stories, I write the songs for a band I'm in, and writing things like reports are my favorite things to do in school. But it's always hard starting out. Sometimes it takes a long time for inspiration to hit, but when it does, you'll know. It helps reading one of your favorite books. It gives you new ideas and makes you want to become a writer even more! And I can't help but add, ALWAYS HAVE ANOTHER COPY OF THE STORY SOMEWHERE!!!!!! I had been working on a fairy tale novel for about a year, and I was SO close to finishing, (I was almost on the last chapter), when the whole computer shut down and the whole thing was erased. I didn't have another copy. But, a month or so later, I started writing a new book, and it's turning out even better then the last one. And always carry a little notebook around. Make sure to write down even the smallest ideas you have for a book or story. You'll always be glad that you did, since everything can be the outline for a brand new novel.:)

I hope this helps you and your writing talents!

submitted by Kimberly B., age 12, California
(August 20, 2008 - 6:23 pm)

Most of my book ideas come from dreams. I've heard this happens a lot, like for famous authors. I currently am writing two books, and have about twelve I'd like to write.

submitted by Julia R., age 12, Renton, WA
(August 20, 2008 - 11:14 pm)

A lot of my ideas come from dreams, too. And a lot of them come the games that my younger brothers and sisters play. If you're ever feeling low on inspiration, I would advise that you go watch some four- to nine-year-olds pretend. They come up with some very interesting storylines.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(August 26, 2008 - 2:21 pm)

I have all these ideas, but they sort of melt once I start writing.

submitted by Reuben K., age 12, New Jersey
(August 27, 2008 - 1:08 pm)

Has anyone ever noticed that once you start writing, your characters kind of take over? Mine do that all the time and my stories end up coming out a different way than I had planned. Most of the time it turns out better than I had hoped. =) I think my characters are control freaks...

submitted by Hannah M., age 12, Ohio
(August 27, 2008 - 4:44 pm)

Ha,ha,ha! I agree with you! When you're writing, it's like they're telling you what their about to do so that you can write it down. Chapters and stories become so much longer when you just let the charcters tell you what they want you to do. I think that you know what they're about to do, because a bit of that charcter is deep down inside of you.:)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 12, California
(August 29, 2008 - 11:37 am)

Just keep working at writing!! Whatever you write won't be bad... and there is always room for improvement... even for the best writers out there!! My advice to you is to just keep on writing a lot and share it with other people. It helps to boost your confidence if you hear positve feedback from others.... which you probably will!  :-)

submitted by Olivia B., age 13, Maine
(September 3, 2008 - 5:18 pm)

I need some help. I'm writing a story and can't figure out how to start it. It will have dragons and other mythical creatures, but I don't want "once upon a time..." Can anyone help?? Any other inspiration would also be welcome...

submitted by Emma T., age 10, Va
(September 4, 2008 - 4:33 pm)

A couple things here...

First of all, to Nessiya, if you send your book to a publisher or even get it published, can you write somewhere on Inkwell about it? I want to publish my book, too, eventually and that would be really helpful. Good luck and thanks! :)

Hannah, I totally agree about the characters taking over. They love to decide their own lives and stories, and I also know what you mean about the story turning out better when you listen to them. To all writers out there: Never tune out your characters, and for goodness sake, NEVER try to make them do something they don't want to! The scene will come out all wrong if you do -- I learned the hard way. :)

Emma...you can always start with dialogue or onamonapia. (That's a fancy word for noise, like BOOM! Bang! Crash! etc.) Just jump right into a scene, and then introduce the characters and stuff.

submitted by Allison P., age 12, Orlando, FL
(November 10, 2008 - 3:09 pm)

test test 

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(September 28, 2019 - 1:58 pm)