5 Tips for Aspiring Writers

Before I sat down to write my first ever book – In The Blink of An Eye – I had preconceived ideas about writing. Ideas that had put me off from writing my first book for years. Something I still regret to this day (6 years later). I wish I had read The Complete Idiots Guide to Writing A Novel sooner. It opened my eyes to how writing really is.

Here are my tips on how to get you from saying “I’m an aspiring writer” to “I am a writer.”

Tip #1: Always Be Writing and Always Be Reading

This tip comes from my favorite author, Stephen King,. You should always be reading and writing to perfect your craft. Most of us are not born with a great writing gene and don’t produce remarkable works on the first draft like I assume Mr. King does. (He probably doesn’t but it feels like he does.) The only way to strengthen your writing is to write every single day. And the only way to learn your craft is to read, read, read, read. Don’t just stick to reading inside your genre. Make sure you read everything you like. And don’t waste your time on bad books. Life is too short. Read what you enjoy. And read a lot.

Tip #2 Read The Complete Idiots Guide to Writing a Novel

As soon as I finished reading this book, I sat down and wrote my book in three-four days. (I published it a week later too, but don’t do that.) It motivated me like none other to sit down and get the job done. It provided some very useful information that I still use to this day!

Tip #3 Write That First Draft Without Looking Back

What I mean by this is, don’t go back and edit while you’re still writing the first draft. (Unless that’s really the only way you can work. Then all power to you!) But if you’re writing the first draft of your first book, I highly recommend you get it all out first and go back and edit it later.

Tip #4 Create A Writing Routine

This tip is one of the most important tips I have. Creating a writing routine will help keep you writing even when the motivation isn’t there. Pick a time and a goal (word count, page count, time count) and get set working and don’t stop until you’ve reached your goal.

Tip #5 Don’t Stress About The Title

Don’t waste time stressing about what to call your book. You can pick the title when the book is completed. When you first sit down to write your novel, you can just title the document “Draft One” and add the title to it later. If you’re the type of person that gets the title before the story, then great! That’s awesome. But if you’re like me, and you struggle to come up with the name of the book, don’t let it hold you back from writing the story itself. The name will come in time.

I hope these tips get you writing that book you’ve always dreamed about. I personally think everyone should try writing a book at least once. It’s such a sense of accomplishment when you get to that final sentence. That final word. And I hope that you experience it for yourself soon!

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