Meredith and the Mean Girls

Tips to be a Good Author

It seems very easy to be an author. Just sit down and write a book. Well, it’s not. It takes lots of skill, creativity, and time. But if you want your books to turn out very good and well written, here are a few tips to help.

-You must have lots of patience and time.

-Don’t put in babble, or things not important such as describing clothes. That bores the reader. You can do it, but not too much.

-Put in punctuation correctly.

-When you write a part, you might really like it, but be sure to have a parent read it if you’re not sure.

-Work on it every time available.

-If in a bad part, don’t delete it. Add on and once editing, make your decision.

-Do 3 or 4 rounds of editing.

-Don’t delete stuff into the trash. Make a page of out-takes. If you don’t like the part, put it there just in case you want it back.

-Be consistent. If too hard, put a star by some of the facts you might’ve not kept consistent, and that way instead of a big error, you can fix it.

-Picture your character’s appearance, and know what they like. Maybe make a yearbook of them and a handbook of them like me.

-Don’t write about something you’ve never experienced. (Thank you Andrew Clements for that tip) I did that on my first book, and I’ll let it go on this series since I need to finish it. But for the rest of my books I won’t.

If you follow these tips, you could one day have a novel published.

Thank you to my cousin Amanda for the idea to put up these tips!!!!

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18 Responses to "Tips to be a Good Author"

very good stuff sweetie!

awsome im famous <:

my comments still up! wow im so cool
u have so much stuff on your sight its crazy! i get on every now and then but i still cant believe that you wrote a book none of my friends believe me but i show them the book and they all want to read it ! im so proud to have such an awsome cousin like u! love ya

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Thank you!!! I’m 10 year old in fifth grade, and I’ve wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember!!! You’re sooooo inspiring and soon I’ll get Meredith and the Mean Girls to read!!! Thank You!!!

Katie, I’m glad I inspired you. You should try writing a book someday. You will find it is very challenging but also very fun.

If you have any more questions about tips to write, I’ll be happy to answer them.

Thank you!!!!!! I read Meredith and the Mean Girls, and I loved it!!!! Are you going to write any other books or a second book?

I am glad you liked it! I am currently writing the sequel to Meredith and the Mean Girls, but I haven’t gotten all that far. 5th grade has been a busy year for me.
Meredith and the Mean Girls will be part of a series that consists of about 5 books.

~Maddie Siegel

I know what you mean! πŸ™‚ I haven’t gotten much writing in either! I’m so glad there will be a lot of books because I love them and you are such a great author!!!!

i no u said 2 only write from ur xperiences, i like 2 make up stories. how do u think we got fantasy and science fiction? not 2 mention historical fiction.

wow u r doing a great job on ur sight

I know what you mean! πŸ™‚ I haven’t gotten much writing in either!
I’m so glad to hear that there will be a lot of books in this series because I love them and you are such a great author!

Thanks so much! It’s always great to have such supportive fans like you! πŸ™‚

Your welcome!!!

Oops! Sorry I wrote that twice. It said that I need to write it again but I guess it posted anyway!

thanx for inspiring me to keep writing! i always wrote before that, but now u kept me going to publish, since now i now someone my age can do it. keep writing! you have inspired many! especially me!

I just found out about you tonight. I started writing a book this afternoon. I watched all your you tube vids are you going to make more? I am in 6th grade. I read your tips but i am writing a book about a foster child who moves and finds her sister who she never met and finds out who her mom is, but i never experienced that. Will it be bad because of that. I love your blog! plzzz answer me! My email is r.f.imagleek@gmail.com can you email me what you think i will email you more about my book if u respond what is your email again? O and after you write your five books about the mean girls are you going to write about anything els? I want to know so in the future i can make sure to look at them. Please answer me ok well bi.

well im a good author but when i think of character names i already have them in a story help

Sincerly, Madison

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