Tips for young writers

In this section you'll find the best writing tips, illustrated with examples from some of the most popular books for teenagers and young adults.

Look out for:

  • Tips on writing fiction (and how to create great characters, an exciting plot, believable dialogure and including diversity)
  • Next steps: what to do when you've finished your first draft or want get published.
  • Fan fiction (tips, ideas to get started with, a glossary of terms, and a list of useful links around the web)
  • Writers on writing
  • Everything you need to know about short stories

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Writing fiction

Everything you need to know about creating great characters, crafting a plot, including diversity and how to write realistic dialogue.

Fan fiction

Get advice on writing fan fiction based on your favourite stories.

Authors' tips for getting started

Looking for advice from the experts? Top authors offer their top tips on getting started with writing.

How to write a book review

Get a step-by-step guide to writing a brilliant book review from author Luisa Plaja.

Next steps

So you've written something you're happy with - but what now? Get advice on publishing and agents here.

BookTrust HomeTime

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

Go to the HomeTime hub