Young Writer

Several days ago, I started my first novel for the fourth time. The very first time I started was about two years ago, and that version was lost in a computer crash. The second and third times I just couldn't continue on. I can only hope this time is different. I have written farther than I ever have in my previous attempts, and I have evolved my plot in ways I could not have imagined in the past. I fear that this attempt will end the same as all the others. My writing felt strong at first, then faded after a chapter or so. The sentences just feel so empty, as if they are not descriptive enough. I also feel that my characters aren't proving to be more than mere words on paper. I desire to make readers become attached to my characters, to feel their emotion and see what they see. My feelings towards this story are strong, and I don't believe I care whether it becomes known or not, I only crave to see it completed and on par with my expectations. I was told that completing a novel is the equivalent to traveling the world, and I am bent on doing one or the other, just to achieve the feeling.
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13-15, M
2 Responses Dec 5, 2012

I'm a young writer as well. I've been looking for someone to work jointly with in terms of inspiration. If I could hear your idea it would be great! Work shopping is the best thing for me, and I think you would find it helpful as well.

Keep at it, if you really want this. Everything worth doing is worth doing repeatedly until you break through barriers slowly toward improvement.

I've heard many an author discuss lost stories similar to yours before the current draft. Every single story claims the lost version was for the best, it freed them up to improve.

I'm struggling at the writing thing too, no published novels (though a handful of small and independent publishings in college magazines and whatnot), so maybe my word on it isn't the best.

If you're not already doing it, try using setting to describe your characters more than the characters themselves. If you make the setting something of a reflection of what they are or might become, we tend to get a better feel for the character, or at least their situation.

As an example, if a character wants to go out and see the world and feels severely cramped and stuck, you could translate this with a cramped and small background setting. I can't take credit for that tip, I read it in the nanowrimo handbook for middle graders that my son and I are working through for his homeschooling. It might help to take a look, it's helped me tremendously and I didn't expect it to do anything for me while helping my son through it.