Many people have, at least once in their life, thought of writing a book. Why? Well, its generally viewed as an easy way to make money, but writing the book itself is a much tougher feat than the majority think. It all eventually boils down to hard work, dedication, passion and most of all, creativity.
So to help the struggling folk out there, I have compiled the Top 10 Tips For Aspiring Authors and I am confident you will close this window satisfied with these tips. Well, without further ado, here they are:
99.9% of you will have heard this before but many of you will not have comprehended its importance. READ! READ, READ and READ! Read as much as you can, read anything you can lay your hands on. However, I will be honest with you, reading a lot will not transform you into a lean mean writing machine, but reading nothing wont do you any good either. Reading for pleasure is good, but as an aspiring author, get into the habit of observing and investigating the authors techniques to improve your own.
2 Start & Don’t Stop
Get into the habit of writing regularly, you will be surprised to see how thrown out you can become if you take a week or more off from writing. You can get back on track but whats the need when you can just stay on it. Set yourself a schedule, I would say that 3 days a week for a few hours each day is good and can result in a solid 20 pages or so.
3 Work Disconnected From The Internet
The internet can tend to be very distracting, you may just be browsing through a site looking for a definition and see an ad which will stray you away from writing for a good half an hour. Its just how we are, humans get distracted very easily so an internet free work area can help a lot. If you need synonyms or definitions there is always the old fashioned dictionary and thesaurus.
4 Create A Detailed Plan
Don’t, in any circumstance, assume you can start writing your novel just because you have the whole story planned out in your head. Write your plan down in detail, not just the story, but compliment it with a back story (if applicable) and several pages of character description. The character profiles are particularly important, you cant be having irregularities in the consistency of your character description can you?
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First draft will most definitely be terrible. But review your work with others and find every single place to improve it. Listen to peer review, just because it is your book does not mean you will always be right. Take heed to what advice the people around you give and implement it.
6 Cliffhangers Are Essential
What’s the formula for a gripping page-turner? CLIFFHANGERS! Action, adventure, mystery, romance, these are all key in your novel depending on the genre of your story but what is common between them all? What is the thing that keeps your reader doing an all-nighter just to finish your novel? Yes, cliffhangers.
7 Avoid Clichés
Clichés are everywhere, they choke us and it is surprisingly hard to keep them out of our writing. People tend to really easily notice a cliché when they see one and it almost always leaves an impression. Good? Or Bad? Say you are the type that looks for a nice, heart-warming romance in a novel, seeing the classic ‘boy saves girl and they go out’ scenario will just leave you with a whole lot dissatisfaction. However, I am not saying clichés are bad, they are clichés because they are good concepts and have been used intensively due to the fact they are, well, good. So make sure you do something to separate your cow from the herd otherwise it will simply join the ones in line to get slaughtered.
8 Show Don’t Tell
Learn to show the reader a scene against simply describing it in using. Just because you use complicated adjectives does not mean your novel will be any better. Connect to all five of the reader’s senses, sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste and present it so the reader can imagine himself there, so the reader can experience the atmosphere and emotions happening in the scene. This is one of the easiest ways to engross the reader into the story.
9 Isolation Does Not Help
Don’t think that it is bad for you to use techniques or ideas you may have read in someone else’s book. Bask in the creativity of others, maybe your favorite author, a friend or even your own brother? This is also a good exercise to do when having writers block, read your favorite author’s work, feel the flow of their writing and progression of the story and see if you can advance your own idea further. After all, everything once started zero.
10 Deal Rejection…
And improve. Chances are, you won’t get published on your first try. Read the comments on your manuscript and implement them. Stay on task and continue as if the rejection never happened, and if you do that, you will get published. With an objective mind and competent literary skills then it wont be long before your are published. Good Luck!
Eventually you will come to the point where you believe you have an amazing novel and are ready to publish it. Publishing books can take a very long time and it is hard to find a good agent. Here is a link to a page which I think is very good at explaining the whole publishing process and how you can get your book published: How To Get Published