Monday, December 15, 2014

Advice For Writers #15: Steele's Top Five Tips For Writers

Alex Steele here today to bring you my top 5 writing tips. This spans your whole writing process and *I hope* is applicable whether it's your first book that you are getting ready to write or your eightieth. Let's jump in!

1. Write For Yourself. This can be hard when you're first starting out, but you have to write for yourself. It's nearly impossible to not have that little voice in the back of your head, the one that says space cowboys aren't in anymore, and the one that says people only want to read YA and they only want to read YA with a heavy romance and kickass female main character. But, right now, none of that matters. You're not even trying to sell your book yet and I guarantee that you would regret writing and publishing something that you kind of only sort of like, but wrote because it was the "popular" genre to write.

2. Share It With Someone. I know we writers can be very protective of our stories, and I know it can be hard to confide in someone. Basically, pick your favorite person in the world, your best friend, the person you trust more than anything and you don't even have to let them read your book. Just find someone you can talk things through with! It can really help you to see where you might have gone off track a little bit.

3. Don't Be Afraid. Don't be afraid that someone won't like your book, or someone might hate your main character, write the book not how you think people want it to be, or even completely how YOU want it to be, but how it needs to be written. Say there's a certain thing you hate, you read a lot and you hate love triangles, you know a lot of readers hate them, but if it's right for your story? Then do it anyway!

4. Relax. Step Away. If your book isn't turning out how you imagined it, or you just feel like something is missing and you can't figure it out, try not to stress it. I know this is one of those things that's easier said than done, but sometimes you just need to take a step back. Maybe write something else, step out of your comfort zone, and just see what else you can do. Chances are that's when you'll figure out what the first book was missing.

5. Have fun. You should genuinely love writing and love working on your book. Sure there will be times when you feel like crap, you think your writing is the worst, and you kind of just want to give up. There will be times it's really hard to write, whether you are feeling discouraged, just not feeling your novel, or other obstacles. But you have to enjoy it. You have to love how writing makes you feel, and you have to have the urge to write, where it's like the novel is going to come out one way or another and there's nothing you can do to stop it. So, as hard as it can be, try to write something you love and that you have fun writing. 

write on, write on.

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