Guest Post: Writing Advice For Teens

Today, I have a very special guest post to offer, by Izzy Woods! 🙂 *applause*

If you are a teen just like me and you’re tempted to go forward and write novels or other published stories, keep on reading!

you are simply writers

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I will be writing a Novel!

Mais quelle mouche m’a piquée??

This is a French expression…

Literally meaning: But what mosquito bit me??

Figuratively meaning: OMG what did I just do??

This is what I’m feeling right now – well part of. Because thanks to my dear friend Aurora, I’ve been tempted to participate in the NaNoWriMo 2011!!!

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What is it? Well every year thousands of aspiring writers sign up to the website HERE, adding those who have been taking part in this competition since so many years, are requested to write a whole complete novel of about 175 pages which is 50 000 words from November 1st to November 30th.

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Nora Roberts Review

It’s been a while since I’ve been reading Nora Roberts and recently I’ve borrowed one of her books: Blood Brothers; and I’ve thought about making a sort of praise and critic Nora Roberts post. Therefore…

What I like about her:

She knows how to capture her readers – whether they be horror books fan or romance book fans. Her writing is defined and beautiful. She has the ability to write about anything really… fortunately for me because I don’t like 100% romantic books… but at the same time she is faithful to what she has already decided: to write romance books. She knows her subject very well and does some research before writing. Very easy to read and description doesn’t make one sleep… 🙂

What I don’t like about her:

Her romantic stories are too… well too dreamy, “soulmates”-like, unrealistic… and when I read her books it hurts because I know it just can’t be like that in real life. She always follow the same pattern: if she writes a trilogy there are 6 main characters: 3 men and 3 women – and in each book Nora tells the story of each couple. After some time you get bored with her novels because you already know this pattern – therefore no unexpected turnover of the romantic story, no cheating 😉 then you better prefer and concentrate on the background story i.e. the horror included one or mystery included one… 🙂

Thus her single books are better as the romantic story in them are more profounded and better told… but not for me because I don’t like romance ^^ compared to the trilogies which are full of different themes!