I Want to Write a Novel
I’ve decided I want to write a novel. Right now I’ve only begun to think about it, but I will try to do some serious work on it this summer once I’m done with classes. I’m not going to talk about the plot of it on here (sorry!) because I want to keep my ideas safe, but I will say at least a little bit.
If you haven’t noticed from reading my blog, I like to write about what I know. It’s a lot easier for me to talk about something I’ve experienced than it is to let my imagination wander and write fictional stories. Therefore, my story will be largely based on my own experiences, but with significant differences. Despite parts of my own life, the novel will be fiction. I don’t really know yet how the story will develop, but I’m sure it will come to me once I get writing.
As for the goal of the book, that part is very clear in my mind. When I was a teenager, I learned a lot about growing up, relationships, and values from the female heroines who I clung to and wanted to be like. I learned from their mistakes, and in turn set values for myself. There are some things I didn’t have to experience for myself, but felt like I understood. Through them I have lived those experiences.
I want to write my book for teenage girls. I want to create something that will start a conversation, or at least make them feel like they aren’t alone in what they’re going through. I want to address issues that I feel like society isn’t open enough about, or that girls need more information about now, when it counts the most. And most of all, I want to help young girls who are confused, scared, or struggling. Those are the ones I want to reach with my novel, and hopefully help them to find a way to get through it.
If anyone has written a novel and can give any tips on how to go about it, though, I’d love to hear them!