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Top ten tips for aspiring authors

on July 26, 2014

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These are only my humble interpretation of writing tips for aspiring authors.
TIP ONE: There are no rules in writing! Don’t write in to berate me just yet, I’m saying this on the understanding that good grammar, punctuation and layout are a given. I believe that you have to be free to write what inspires you and if readers enjoy it, then it’s as simple as that.
TIP TWO: NEVER listen to anyone around you who tries to dissuade you from writing, whatever the reason may be.
TIP THREE: Just write – no matter what. I meet so many people who say that they have always wanted to write a book. Well, what’s stopping you?
TIP FOUR: Try not to think about the book in its entirety; otherwise you’d never even start.
TIP FIVE: Write about what excites you and not what you think will sell well. It’s all about the process of writing from the heart, that’s what will shine through from the pages.
TIP SIX: Unless you need the company don’t waste your time on forums. There are always people who think they know best and have all the answers. Controversial, I know!
TIP SEVEN: Try not to think about what you are writing, there will be PLENTY of time for editing later. And editing, and editing….
TIP EIGHT: Tell yourself you are a writer right from the start, if you think that way you’ll give yourself an enormous confidence boost by that simple action alone. You don’t have to sell any books to consider yourself a writer.
TIP NINE: Write wherever and whenever you can and don’t be concerned about word count. Even if you only write 100 words in a day, then you’re closer to your ultimate goal.
TIP TEN: Understand that even best-selling authors have days of self-doubt and self-loathing for their writing. Never ever give up. You’ll be so pleased with yourself that you didn’t. What better feeling to hold a paperback in your hands that has your name printed upon it – hmm?

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4 responses to “Top ten tips for aspiring authors

  1. I love number four. I have written some stories that were only meant to be five thousand words and ended up eighty thousand, and tries desperately to write a five thousand word story and failed miserably.

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    • Thank you for following my blog and for taking the time to comment. You’re right, I’m working on my sequel at the moment and have no word count in mind. Some authors think that you’ve got to hit the magic 80,000 word count mark. But if you can write an entertaining book in under that, then it’s still a book! 🙂

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  2. David Pepper says:

    Hi, Just read your top ten tips and that’s encouraged me to keep going – I have just had a quote from a local newspaper to do a large promotion for my ebook… I could buy a small car for what they are charging!!
    so having read your column… I am going to keep writing… because I enjoy telling stories!
    Keep up the good work!
    David Pepper.

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    • Hi David,
      Thank you for your kind comments. If my tips encourage anyone on their writing journey, then it makes it all worthwhile. Sometimes it is hard for one to continue writing when it seems like that you’re the only one reading it! I wish you all the best with your writing.
      Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
      All the best,
      Heath

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