Hey, everyone! I've been writing articles like crazy these past few days, and I'm sorry if that annoys anyone, but I've had some inspiration!

So, as I'm sure you all can tell by the title of this article, I'll be writing about how I wrote and published a book while being enrolled in high school. This will mainly be a list of tips, and what I did to actually complete the writing. I hope that you guys will stick around to read this article, and if you're interested in my book, here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/World-Secrets-Ariana-Tatum/dp/1642986070

So, now that that's out of the way, let the article commence.

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1) Don't Stress Yourself Out.

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This is so important when you're writing. Not just books and big chunks of things, but any type of writing in general. If you stress yourself out with deadlines and plot/character development early on, you'll sike yourself out and never finish anything. Writing something that you create fully is supposed to be fun, don't let stress get in your way of that.

2) Plan Out Major Points.

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Is there anything that you know for sure that you don't want to change? Anything that you know must happen? Write that down! It's amazing how much it'll help you if you write down major points to keep you organized. This will make it look like you have everything together from an early stage, and keep stress down.

3) Get To Know Your Characters Better Than Anyone Else.

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Your characters are people that you created, you should know them so well that you know every detail when it comes up. If you can figure out every important thing about your characters from a very early point in the writing process, then everything else will come easier. Characters are the meat of your story, you need to know them well!

4) Set A Daily Word Count, Just Don't Stress If You Don't Meet It.

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Setting a daily, or even a weekly word count will help you keep a schedule, and make sure that you actually can complete something. But there's a trick to this tip, if you make a word count that you're super strict about keeping up with, then you miss one day and freak out, you're doing it wrong. Don't let missing one day stress you out. You're human, young, and it happens. Allow yourself a small break to breathe, and then come back to meet that word count a different day.

5) Understand That Sometimes School Comes Before Writing.

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School is important guys. When I first started my book it was the summer before my freshmen year. So I had a little bit of a break from this, but when school started back and I still had more to write, I let it get to me. I had to have a talk with myself to remind my brain that school needs to come before writing. But thankfully, I finished my book in November of 2017, and it was published the summer of this year.

6) Don't Let Your Age Become An Issue.

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In case you don't know, teens and children publish books frequently. It's not as common as an adult, but it does happen. Don't let your age discourage you. A lot of time your young age will appeal to publishers more because it's less common than your average adult author. That's a point in your favor guys. Use that. Publishing a book when you are still in high school is possible, you just have to work for it like anyone else would.

7) Try To Make Yourself Sound Mature Beyond Your Years.

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Even though you're younger than a typical writer trying to become published, you still need to sound like you know what the heck you're talking about when you contact a company. If your grammar/spelling isn't correct, or you don't have proper diction/vocabulary, you will not be considered for publication. When publishers accept your work, their name is attached to it. They aren't going to publish just anything, and I highly doubt that they'll even look at your manuscript if you don't communicate properly before hand. Don't give anyone the reason to think that you're too young. Be mature and professional, even if you aren't.

8) Spread The Word About It.

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I'm lucky, and my book was accepted for publication a month after I finished writing it. This doesn't happen very often, but I do think that my age played a factor in why I was chosen. Writing a novel so young is incredible, and if you can actually finish one to send it off, you've already won in my eyes. But it's important that you remember that once your book is published to tell people about it. Don't worry, you won't sound braggy, you'll just sound proud. You deserve that. And informing people about your book will help with sales, and you'll spark some interesting conversations just because you're so young.

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So, there's all the tips and tricks I have for writing/publishing a book at a younger than normal age! I hope that this helped someone out there, or that it was at least decent to read.

If you want to continue reading articles by me, below is my most recent article where I answer some random questions:

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And if that one doesn't catch your eye, here's a collection just on the articles that I love the most:

this is constantly being updated, so even if you don't see something now, you might later on!

Once again everyone, thank you for taking time out of your day to read this little article of mine. I sincerely hope you enjoyed it.

Have a lovely day/night,

- Ariana x