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Top 10 Tips For New Writers

06 Jul

This ‘Top 10 Tuesday’ list goes all the way to 11!

So you want to be a writer? Where do you start? Where we all do… at the beginning.

  1. Decide to be a writer. Tell people you are a writer (you don’t have to be published to BE a writer!) This is the most important tip for new writers! Saying you WANT to be a writer just doesn’t cut it. Tell the world you ARE a writer.
  2. Read, Read, Read. Whether it’s a book, newspaper, blog post, flyer, or the back of a box of Cheerios, do not pass up an opportunity to read.
  3. Write, Write, Write. It may be for work or pleasure, character details or a shopping wish list but, as per tip #1, never pass up an opportunity to write something down.
  4. Keep a notebook with you at all times and write the smallest creative thoughts into it. Write something daily. It may be an interesting character name, some funny dialog you overheard in the elevator, an idea trigger, or a longer plot snippet; whatever it is, make sure you take the time to write it down.
  5. Pay attention to the stories that people share with you, jot them down, and analyze them from different angles – ‘Stories’ could be anything; from their experiences, from media, from the news – it doesn’t matter, the goal is to better understand what it is that catches someone’s attention and engages them enough to share the underlying idea
  6. If you ever get stuck for something to write – read some more; start with your own notebook once in a while!
  7. Find a fan. Your fan could be your wife, boyfriend, son, mother, or best friend. Find people who are interested in reading your writing and share as often as possible
  8. Listen to feedback and try to learn something from the review – even if it’s poor! Don’t be disappointed if your fans don’t like your latest turn of phrase or character or plot idea. As with any profession, or hobby where you air your inner thoughts out for public consumption, you are going to need to develop a thick skin and open ears!
  9. Find role models. Whether bloggers or authors or your college English professor – find writers to admire and study their work
  10. Believe in your talent, or embrace your curiosity to learn, experiment and try new things!
  11. Write some more. Remember tip 2 – never pass up an opportunity to write!

What do you think of this list? This is your opportunity to leave a comment!

(And thanks for reading)

 

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