I'm 13 years of age and I have a passion for writing fiction. I am yet to write a book or anything really, but in English, especially in reading and writing assessments I get, what usually is the highest in the year, as I'm in the highest set. I'm not exactly a geek though, I have an interesting social life involving football and all of my mates. Basically, we all hang around in a large crew, and a slightly smaller group of generally 'chavs' and 'slags' cause a lot of trouble with us, and around the corner, we get into some grief with the older year's 'hard kids'. That's the general story of my life, and I want to be a writer in the future, and to practice, I want to create characters parralel to real people, friends and enemies. Without being biased, I want to create a plot to last several novels and write about what generally goes on, but I'm struggling to organise my ideas. I don't know how to plan my story, characters, settings etc. Also, I'm not sure of a good, complex plot, instead of just writing about playing football against other people and fights every dinnertime. I want to add twists and turn the story upside down, add action and romance etc. I am unsure how to do this, as I'm at a fairly young age. Also, my last question would be how to improve as a writer. What GCSE and A Level courses are essential, and others which may benefit writing. And shall I take a degree? Also, how to get my book published. This is my general plan: create a database of my novel including all the characters, settings etc. Then plan the plot of my novel and section them into novels and chapters, and finally get down to writing the first and second drafts for each of them while I progress greater writing skills and grow older. Then, when I've entered Adulthood and know exactly what I'm doing, rewrite them and transform them into my best possible work. To sum this all up, my questions are... - Is there anything to help me think up a plot, and add twists? - What is the best way to organise my ideas and create a databse for my novel? - How can I improve as a writer? What qualifications are neccesary? - Any improvements to my plan? Thank you!