Writing is incredibly rewarding and enjoyable but it is also hard work. Like many other creative pursuits, inspiration is only the beginning and to reach a final, polished piece of work also requires a willingness to learn and develop the craft, perseverance, stamina and self-discipline. Here are some writing tips to help you on the way:-

 

  • Write about what you know, and what you enjoy. If you don’t write from the heart and care about your writing, neither will your reader.

  • Try to write regularly to keep your ‘writing muscle’ exercised. You can always improve on what you have written; you can’t improve on a blank page.

  • Read. To learn the craft of writing, you must read and not only for pleasure. Study those authors whose work you like and analyse their technique. Look at how they use dialogue and description; make their characters come to life; excite the reader’s interest at the outset; hold their attention throughout; resolve conflict and bring the story to a satisfying conclusion.

  • Don’t let anyone discourage you and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

  • Have faith in your characters, your story and yourself but also be prepared to learn from your mistakes and judge your work with a critical eye.

  • Always keep a notebook handy for jotting down ideas – you never know when they might turn out to be useful!

  • Allow thinking time as well as writing time: give the plot and characters time to develop in your mind before you begin to write, and take time to plan and work out the shape of your novel. Time spent planning is rarely wasted.

  • Finally, and perhaps most important of all, persevere!

 

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