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Tips To Being A Writer

Now I don't claim to be the world's best writer and I am far from an accomplished one but I thought I would share the things that help me when it comes to writing.  There is no wrong or right way to write, it is a creative process and is different for each and every person.

I have scoured the internet looking for tips and tricks in my search for a quick way to write a novel.  I have come to the almighty conclusion that there is no quick way.  It takes time, it takes a lot of learning and development and more than anything it takes dedication.

  1. Write and keep writing - there is no better way to become a better writer than to write like you're running out of time.
  2. Set yourself a challenge - one that is achievable, maybe one hour a week or one hour a day, whatever works for you and stick to it.
  3. Don't edit - when you are writing, make sure you do nothing but write.  Get your ideas on to paper, don't keep reading it.  I found that using a typewriter or pen and paper helped with this discipline.  It is so easy to spend an hour editing the first paragraph of your first chapter and be completely consumed by it.
  4. Challenge your writing style - put yourself into a scenario and write what comes to mind.
    • You are on death row and you have one hour until you're sat in the electric chair... what do you write?
    • You're lost in space and want to leave a message, you have one side of A4 paper...What do you write?
  5. Peer review - join a writing circle.  Review the work of other writers, learn from their style and be constructive.  Accept the critiques of other writers, take notes and use their input to edit your work.  The circle that I am part of is, Critique Circle.
I'd love to hear from you to learn what tips and tricks you have?  What challenge ideas do you have?  If I get a challenge posed to me I will complete it and post the results here so get in touch.

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  1. I have to admit #3 is the one that gets me every time. Thankfully, I only write short stories so it doesn't cause too much of a problem. I actually find that when I start rereading what I've written, I don't just edit - I also get inspired for what to write in the next paragraph. So I suppose breaking this rule works for me, but again - that might only be because I write short stories.

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