Christopher Paolini - Celebrating Young Writers Day

Celebrating Young Writers Day and the Youngest Bestselling Author: Christopher Paolini!
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Celebrating Young Writers Day - Weekly Writing Tips - Christopher Paolini (Pictured: Dragons from the covers of his series and a photo of author Christopher Paolini holding a copy of his book Brisingr.)
Heralded as the youngest best selling author, Christopher Paolini at only 15 years old had graduated high school and set his sights on creating the wonderful world of Alagaesia. By 18 he was touring the country with his book Eragon when he caught the eye of fellow author Carl Hiaasen which propelled into the public eye. His series, The Inheritance cycle, would go on to boast two best sellers and inspired readers worldwide with Paolini’s captivating characters and detailed world building typical of a style that the young author worked diligently from a very young age to hone. Hoping to help other aspiring writers, he has been very open with the tips and tricks he has learned.
Write about what you love the most.
This will inspire you to write your best and keep working if you temporarily lose confidence. Take the ideas and feelings that are important to how you live and use them as the basis of your writing. If, however, the prospect of weaving your own story doesn’t make your blood burn with excitement, find an easier profession. Writing is for the obsessed.
Avoid passive voice.
Instead of β€œThe deadline was missed by the applicant.” Write β€œThe applicant missed the deadline.” The noun should direct the verb in a straightforward manner. There are few exceptions.
Avoid excess words.
Say only what you need to convey your point.
Don't be afraid to edit heavily!
No one gets things right the first time. Ask an author, English teacher, or other knowledgeable person to read and edit your manuscript. Because he or she is not emotionally tied to the book, they will be able to point out ways to improve your work. Don’t take the comments personally, but try to learn from them.
Read your prose aloud.
Read it clearly, paying attention to missing words and listening to the flow of the words and sentences. Do they make sense? Can they be improved? Remember that you are trying to get what is in your head onto the page and into your reader’s head.
Now Try This Writing Promp
Writing Prompt:

Create the adventure you would have loved to read about as a child-
it can be a silly poem or a fantastical story but make it yours!

Writing Prompt:
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