Do you guys have any advice for newbie writers?

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Post by Jake »

  1. Write. Make writing something each day a part of your routine. It doesn't matter if it's 'good' or if you're going to show it to anyone – write. Write quips, anecdotes, short stories, novellas, poems. Keep a thoughts and inspirations notebook, keep a journal, keep a book of story ideas. (All can be digital or physical.) Blog to yourself about the interesting thing that happened during the day. Turn your writing into a gift by composing short stories and giving them to people you know will enjoy them (make them relevant to the receiver). (For instance, create a short story around why you're grateful for someone and gift it to them on a special occasion or create a humorous anecdote and give it in lieu of a birthday card.) Write a fun or whodunnit-type story and host a party where people act out all the parts, then gift them a copy of the story as a memento.
  2. Read. Read everything you can get your hands on. It doesn't have to be a fantastic book or even a good one; you can learn as much from books you hate as you do the ones you love. Learn what you like and what you don't. Pay attention to style and voice. Learn from those who have already put in the work and found success.
  3. Take classes. Various kinds of writing classes, classes that teach grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Learn to follow the rules of writing and then – and this is important – learn when to break them.
  4. Read aloud. Your work. Someone else's work. The instructions on a cereal box. Reading aloud provides a huge amount of insight into how well something is written. It's a tremendous editing tool for your own work and helps highlight what works and what doesn't in other people's work. If your voice is stumbling as you read, or your brain is having to focus so hard on the delivery that the message is getting missed, then it isn't written well. (Also, remember that plain language is your friend.)
The key is simple. If you want to be a writer, you need to write and read other writers. Becoming published and successful isn't easy, and it may not happen for you. But unless you make writing whatever, whenever, and however a key part of your routine, you'll never have the chance to find out.

Post by Shepperd »

Not being a writer by trade, but having published a 4-book exposé about American industry, I can only say WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW! If you don’t know, research it! Example of a writing flub - I was reading a novel that partially took place in my hometown of Ocala Florida.

One of the main characters stopped at a 7-Eleven for coffee. There was no 7-Eleven in Ocala Florida at that time!

Post by Shirley »

Practice regularly: The more you write, the better you'll become. Set aside time each day or each week to write, even if it's just for a short period of time.

Read widely: Reading exposes you to different writing styles and techniques, which can help you develop your own voice and style as a writer.

Find your passion: Write about topics that you're passionate about, as this will make the writing process more enjoyable and will also come through in your work.

Get feedback: Show your writing to others and ask for feedback. This can help you identify areas for improvement and also give you a sense of how your writing is being received by others.

Edit and revise: No one gets it right on the first try. Be willing to go back and revise your work to make it the best it can be.

Don't be afraid to experiment: Try out different writing styles and techniques to find what works best for you. The more you experiment, the more you'll learn about your own writing process.

Keep learning: There is always more to learn about writing, so be open to learning new things and improving your skills.
JJ ~

Post by JJ ~ »

Okay, I'm going to try to give something original besides "write." There is always a certain time of day that you're more creative at. Figure out what that time of day is. Also, limit your writing time to a small section of time like an hour or two. If you're time limited, you will actually write faster and be more creative(You can write in multiple small-time sections, and this will still work.).

Remove all distractions, cell phone, internet, dog, ask your family to not disturb you at this specific time. Have a writing routine as in you try to write at a certain time of day every day and always do a certain set of things before you write, like make a cup of coffee or light a candle before you settle down. Your brain will use the familiar taste or smell as a signal to go into that creative mode. Eat no sugar and a high protein breakfast (you have no idea how helpful this is. Clears your mind up really well.) AND! Most importantly!

When you get feedback, never find yourself explaining the story or arguing with your beta reader. If a beta reader didn't understand something or found something awkward, it most likely means the average reader will have the same reaction and you need to change something. It's hard and can break your heart, but if you really want this, it's what you have to do. In short, don't look for a pat on the head; look to be a better writer. (Because you'll definitely get the pat on the head, but it won't make your book better.) . . . And I could probably go on, but I think a large paragraph is enough.
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