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Hi, My name is Matthew and im 15 years old and I always wanted to write books and make movies and I just need help finding ideas were and how could I find ideas for books and horror or drama please help me.

Matthew

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Dear Matthew,
That's a good ambition and i encourage you. At my website i have posted several articles you might find interesting:
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Check out the Fiction Writing Workshop and How to Find a PUblisher. To write screenplays you will have to take a weekend seminar or other classes, because there's a special format for writing movie scripts.
However, you can do it. If you like to make up stories, you can get started anytime. Whenever you get ideas, write them down in your writer's journal. The ideas surface from your subconscious mind. If you don't write them down, they go back down into your subconscious and you forget them.
I also recommend that you study literature to see what other writers have already done. For example, Edgar Allen Poe was one of America's first writers and also one of the creepiest. You have to see what the masters have done before you.
Another suggestion is to find some sort of work you can do to put food on the table while you write. Being a writer doesn't make you a ton of money at first. You have to work your way into it. Get another profession you can do easily that will leave you time to write. For example, you could go into teaching, which would leave you the whole summer for writing. If you become a college professor, then they would expect you to write books to keep your job! ("PUblish or Perish" is the way in the academic world.) Journalism is another field where you could build up your reputation as a writer. Or, if you like working with your hands, you could get into carpentry or something else as a "day job" while you write. Once you have several successful books and screenplays you can retire from your day job into full time writing.
If you want to discuss further, feel free to write back anytime.
Sincerely,
Nori

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Nori J. Muster

Expertise

Writing and publishing books, including e-books.

Experience

I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at Amazon.com.

Organizations
Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Publications
Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories


Education/Credentials
UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
Interviews:
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme, Salon.com, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne), Rediff.com, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West, Rediff.com, Amazon.com.

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

Publishers:
ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle, steamboats.com, surrealist.org, Apple Books, and others.

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