Here are 5 tips that I have found helpful in my writing that you can use to jumpstart YOUR writing as well.
1. Open Ears – Open Eyes = If you want to be a writer, you need to be perceptive to the world around you. Start by reading everything and anything. Broaden your horizon by reading fiction, non-fiction, and school books. You should also pay attention to the people around you. Take notes at their reactions to certain situation. Look at their emotions and the way the hang out with others. All those tidbits may have a place in your book.
2. Outline like the Pro = I love outlines. There is something satisfying at seeing your book planned out in the form of an outline. However, that doesn’t mean that I am against seeing where the plot will take me. Creativity and structure work so well together!
3. Research the Facts = Whether you’re writing fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, or any other genre, it is important to research the facts and make sure that your book fits in the genre you’re writing about. You can do this through going to your local library and finding books on the setting or time period. You can read books from that genre or even do a quick Google search. Either way, be thorough and make sure your facts are accurate.
4. Just Write = Now that you did all your preliminary work it is time to begin the writing itself. You already nailed down your plot in the outline, but make sure you KNOW your characters WELL. Then once you begin, don’t stop! Keep the momentum going. When you do need to take a break, stop at an exciting part that will make you excited to begin the next day.
5. Re-write for Perfection = Before you share your book with anyone (maybe with the exception of your mom!), it’s time to do a re-write. Begin to work out the kinks and check for plot holes. First drafts are typically terrible, but they are a great way of getting your thoughts on the page. And now it’s time to iron it out. Strive for making your 2nd draft the best it can be. Keep going for your best. Once you have your 2nd draft ready then you are ready to search for editors. But we’ll save that for another day.
What step is the most difficult for you? How about the easiest?
So what are you waiting for? GO. Write your book!