Meet 12-year-old novelist, Nick Black

If you want to be a writer—you need to start writing.

Today we are thrilled to be talking to Nick Black. Nick is 12 and has already finished writing his first novel. He’s here to tell us a bit about his book and to share his writing tips.

"Nick's pet rabbit. Do you think he might have a role in the novel?"
Nick's pet rabbit. Do you think he might have a role in the novel?

How long have you been writing, Nick?

Since I was six.

Can you tell us something about your novel?

It’s a comedy adventure about a boy whose entire family is evil but he doesn’t discover that till his thirteenth birthday. He fights against what his family has planned for him.

How long did it take you to write the novel?

About 6 months.

Did you write in pen on paper or did you use a computer?

I used a computer, but I did the plotting in pen.

When do you write?

It is hard to fit in writing time. I write after school on Mondays and Thursdays.

You’ve started editing the novel—have you changed much of the book?

I’ve kept the basic storyline, but I’ve taken out unnecessary bits and put in more detail and depth. I’ve also developed the characters more.

How do you get your ideas for stories?

Usually the story comes into my head first—wondering what it would be like if this happens.

What sort of books do you like to read?

Comedy, adventure like Artemis Fowl and Grim and Grimmer.

Do you have any tips for other kids who want to start writing?

Plotting really helps. Plot out your story before you start writing because otherwise you get halfway through and think what am I going to do now? And you have to set aside times to write, otherwise you don’t get it done.

What’s next for you?

To finish editing my book and get it published.

Thanks for talking to us about your novel, Nick. Writing a novel is a huge achievement! I’m looking forward to reading yours when it’s published. Setting aside time to write is an important tip for any writer—do any of you have set times for writing, or do you try to squash it in between everything else that’s going on?

© July 2011 “Interview with Nick Black” by Rebecca Newman (Alphabet Soup magazine)
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Winter 2011 Alphabet Soup — out now!

Issue 11 cover, Alphabet Soup magazineThe eleventh issue of Alphabet Soup magazine (yay! yay!) was posted yesterday. If you are a subscriber, keep an eye on your letterbox.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the winter issue:

  • Q&A with author, Wendy Orr
  • Meet a beekeeper
  • Writing tips for kids from The Book Chook
  • Stories by Michele Purcell and Emma Cameron
  • Poetry by Edel Wignell, Jackie Hosking and Lorraine Marwood
  • Stories, poems and book reviews by kids
  • Crossword
  • Our winter writing competition
  • Our annual design-a-cover competition

and more!

Later today we’ll be posting the Q&A with Wendy Orr and on Monday we’ll be posting the winning stories from our recent story-writing competition. So stay tuned!

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