- BE GRAMMATICAL!
Though editing websites help, none are perfect and catch all the grammar errors. You should always know your grammar rules. Try to avoid irrelevant story lines. Try not to overuse certain words. ‘Just’, ‘only’, ‘again’, ‘back’ and ‘also’ are commonly overused words.
- READ LIKE A MANIAC
As a writer, words are fuel; and what better way to conquer words than by reading. Examine writing style and observe how authors convey their thoughts and emotions. Don’t limit your reading to a particular genre, read different books to gain a fresh perspective.
- WRITE FOR YOURSELF
Forget the fact that you’re writing for an audience. Direct your focus on your feelings, and ideas, and how to put them on paper. It allows you to write your inner thoughts clearly on paper as you learn to write right from your heart. And above all, people seem to like it.
- MAKE YOUR READERS FEEL SOMETHING
If you’ve made your readers feel something (as long as it’s not monotony), you as a writer have done your job. Readers can fear, feel motivated , be excited and feel grief. They can smile and sob, shiver and rage; all from reading your writing. Make your readers feel something. Humans crave drama – so feed it to them like Ice cream.
- EXPLORE THE INTERNET
The world of internet is chock full of guides, how-tos and writing tips for beginners. (Like this one!). Think of the internet as a goldmine ready to be profited from.
- BE CONSISTENT
Writing consistently is one of the struggles writers face in their daily lives. Even the most skilled writers find it dreary to stay consistent and keep the words coming. Write a few hundred words every day to keep your writing skills sharp. Like any other skill, your writing slowly rusts if not put to practice consistently.
- ENJOY WRITING
Enjoy what you do. Because otherwise, it’s an incredible waste of time.
- GET TO KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS
In real life, you get to know the people you meet gradually, so think of introducing your characters in the same way. No character, not even the lead character, benefits from a huge introduction on page one.
Try not to be too wordy. Question every adverb and adjective – do they enhance the sentence? Are you using complicated words when simple ones will do? Try to limit Repeated/Favorite words. Those phrases should only appear once, thus guaranteeing it maximum impact.
- BE PATIENT
No book has ever been written overnight. You’re in for a long haul. This may take a year or more. Oh, and since we’re on it: prepare to write more than one book. Publishers want authors, not single books.
If you can’t observe the world around you, you shouldn’t write. Ask yourself this: Where do stories come from? Where do characters and their mannerisms come from? Where did you see a setting like the one you’re trying to capture, the one you want to use for the opening of your novel? The stories are all out there. You only have to see them.
- BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Writing is a daunting process. There are times when you find yourself judging your writing and questioning your abilities. There’s nothing wrong with doubting yourself, You are human. The problem arises when doubt overwhelms you and starts holding you back.
That’s where self-belief comes into play. If you are going to go through, you have to keep believing in yourself. You have to plant this motto in your mind: I will never quit!
Tell me your opinion: What do you wish you had known before you started writing?