“One of the best advice a writer could give to a beginner novelist is to write what she knows and to write what’s in her heart.”
Happy National Novel Writing Month! Today, I will feature the first book that I have written and was published in December 2013, the Confessions Of A Shy Girl. It is a coming-of-age novel about a new girl in town who struggles everyday life in her new school and environment trying to fit in and stand out. Like any young girl, she falls for a guy whom her bully is interested in. Her demeanor to be the class’s pushover brings her to face a challenge in a beauty and brain competition, one she has never done in her life before. But with all the courage she could muster, she accepts the challenge that unexpectedly unfolds her into a better woman that she is and luckily captivates the man of her dreams.
It was not hard for me to write my first novel because I had chosen a story that is closely related to what I had in my youth and a character similar to who I was when I was in high school. One of the best advice a writer could give to a beginner novelist is to write what she knows and to write what’s in her heart. This is what I know and this is what I feel. You have to put yourself in the shoes of the character you created, and that was just a cinch because I feel for the protagonist and I know the rest of my characters as well. As a writer, you don’t have to know everything. You just need to have that passion and discipline. Everybody has a story to tell. There’s always something inside us waiting to come out and feelings longing to be expressed. What is the first story that you have written in your life? It doesn’t have to be a book. It could be a composition you had as a sit work in your English class. It could be a term paper about your life ten years from now or a diary about your fears, feelings, and frustrations that you can’t tell your friends and parents because you’re afraid that they would reject you. Write something today. Write a page everyday. Write in your diary. Write a letter to your Mom expressing your love. Make someone happy by sending them a thank-you note or a get-well-soon note. Write about the weather. Write about your dreams. The book you have read is a must-read and the movie you have watched is spectacular. Why don’t you write something about it? Write and see where your imagination takes you. Who knows someday, you’ll become a writer? A new book among millions is dying to come out from inside of you. And wordsmith, I can’t wait for that best seller!
Samantha Williamson is a sophomore who is into arts and photography but she tries to deny it. She wants to be somebody else. She aims to become popular in school and she believes she can only achieve this by joining the Kappa Epsilon Nu sorority. But with Georgia and the rest of the members giving her hard challenges, she won’t stop trying even at the expense of denying her true identity. She gives up almost everything and everyone she loves just to be someone she’s not, leading to a falling out with her best friend Myrtle who strongly opposes her association with the Kappas. As she traverse into a journey of self-actualization, she will come to realize that she doesn’t need the approval of others to be popular. She only needs to be herself.
Andrea Blythe Barrett dials a number randomly late one night when she decides not to attend their school prom after her breakup with Alvin. A guy named Wacky answers the phone and soon becomes her bosom buddy after a week of exchanging calls and messages. Just when they are about to realize that they are starting to like each other, along comes a series of miscommunication when Alvin decides to win Andrea back.
Andrea tells her best friend Codie that she’s falling for Wacky, but she tells her sister Casey that she’s not yet over Alvin. Alvin tells Wacky that he wants Andrea back, and Casey tells Wacky that Andrea is still in love with Alvin. Hearing this from Casey, Wacky decides to keep Andrea at arm’s length and helps Alvin win Andrea back but Alvin tells Codie that Wacky is mad upon learning that Andrea likes him because she is making him a rebound. Codie, soon tells Andrea that Wacky hates her and Andrea becomes furious about Casey telling Wacky that she’s still in love with Alvin and to Codie giving Alvin the phone number of Wacky. Andrea affronts Alvin for approaching Wacky, and she disses Wacky for believing anything he hears without asking her.
After many phone calls and a lot of tears, it’s time to call it a day and switch all their cell phones off. Until they will not learn the value of direct communication, nobody is going to talk.
Sophia Trench is a new kid in town. She struggles everyday life in Blaise Pascal High School trying to fit in and stand out. Will she survive living up to every challenge especially that one of the bullies happens to be interested in the one she loves?