Love the idea of writing a novel? You are not alone! Thousands truly have a writer’s gene in them and getting the words down on paper can be magical. However, not everyone starts off like J.K. Rowling or the great Edgar Allan Poe! A lot of people can struggle with their writing, even though they have it perfectly set out in their minds. You can have a great and very unique story that interest people but getting it all down can be a troublesome factor. However, with a few hints, you might find them more than useful for aspiring authors. Read on to find a few tips that might help.
Write on a daily basis
First and foremost, it’s important you keep your creative mind flowing and that means writing as much as you can. Now, if it’s possible to write each and every day, even if it’s just five minutes and a lot of garble! It’s strange to say but when you haven’t written for a few days or even a few weeks at a time, it can be hard to get into the writing flow again. That is why writers are constantly told to write, even if it’s nothing outstanding or exciting. You don’t have to use the writing in a story but it’ll help keep the creative juices flowing. This is important to do and certainly, it’ll help you to become an author.
In general, writing can help us make sense of certain events and circumstances in our lives. When it comes to confessional writing, it can provide a respite from hiding behind a veil of secrets. — Diana Raab, Ph.D.
Take inspiration from real life and your Experiences
Sometimes, it’s better to get down real-life situations on paper. Why? It’s effective! People love to read authentic and more genuine stories, even in a fiction story and, sometimes, it’s easier to write about things you have seen or heard rather than coming up with something you don’t really know. I’m not talking about copying a real-life murder story or even copying your father’s heart attack but rather taking inspiration from those stories. You can find the story feels more genuine to you and that it’s more appealing rather than making up something you don’t know how to follow up on.
The focus should not be on how good your creation turns out, but rather having fun and trying something new, which may, in turn, spark other ideas. — Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D.
Have you thought about writing what you are comfortable writing?
Let’s be honest, like above, you have to think about writing stories about things you know and feel most comfortable writing about. For example, if you love the idea of writing a steamy adult novel and feel as though that is where your talents lie then why not write about such things? Or, if you have experience in police procedures or crime, that might be the ideal avenue for you. It’s crazy things like this that will help aspiring authors. You have to honestly think about things you know and are really happy and comfortable writing. If you aren’t sure about writing on certain subjects, other topics you are more familiar with might prove more useful.
If she finds the sentence boring, or can’t stand to read it, she changes it or cuts it. She doesn’t allow herself to think that it’s just because she wrote it or has read it before. — Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Plan and enjoy!
However, writing is supposed to be fun! Writers often forget that when they spend ten or twelve hours a day writing and it’s crazy because why write if you don’t like it? Writing is fun and you should remember that when it comes sitting down in front of a computer or putting a pen in your hand. Why not create a writing plan or schedule? It might be far more effective than you might think.