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Well, to start off, i am 14 and have a great passion for writing! i really need to know what are the main points of writing a fiction book and creating characters?

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Hello Dennise,

You must master the English language. Especially you must master prose. This means grammar, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure, rhythm and balance.  Then you must have an interesting story to tell, a vital question to answer or an issue of value to address.  

For character development you need to have a good grasp of human psychology, both normal and abnormal, because your heroes are not all good and your villains will not be all bad. But they must be believable and consistent in their actions, unless your story gives them a very good reason not to be so.

When you begin writing, do not edit or proof or allow anyone to read it until it is complete in rough draft form.  Allow your characters to come as they will and, by all means, allow them to help you write the story. Let them tell you who they are and what part they will play.  Do not try to be too contrived.

Above all read, read, read and read the fiction masters beginning with James Mitchener, Pat Conroy, Helen Hunt Jackson, Marjorie Kennan Rawlings and Louis L'Amour. These are easy reading, but great teachers. Later, when you are a bit older read the classics.  One of the first classics I read was Silas Marner.  I thought it would be boring and was totally surprised at how compelling it was.

Begin with short stories and then progress to novelettes and then, by and by, a novel.  If you go to University and still want to be a writer,study English Literature, creative writing and psychology.

Good luck and happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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