My Three Top Tips for Writers
1. Write and write often
No amount of writing tips will help you discover the kind of writer you truly are, but to be a writer you have to write … often and every day! You need to write with passion and genuine desire. Stand out from the crowd. Start with a prologue that makes the reader think, that gets them hooked and gives them an idea of what the story is about. They want oomph, not the yawn factor, readers need to grab hold of something. And finally don’t over describe things. I’ve read numerous books and the descriptions are over-egged. Part of the reader’s enjoyment is building up their own picture from the clues that the author provides.
2. Make your characters convincing
It may sound daft but my characters speak to me, I have numerous conversations going on in my head until the final edits are done. You need to make your characters convincing, make other people believe they want to be them, know of them, relate to them or have them as a friend. After I’ve finished each book I truly feel bereft. I have days when I’m subdued and need them back in my life. For the time I’m writing their story, they are a huge part of my life.
3. Develop a thick skin!
One thing I’ve learnt about being is a writer is only accept criticism if you respect the source. The second you do something different and stand out from the crowd prepare yourself for a massive outcry. You can’t please all of the people all of the time and don’t even try. Write what makes you happy, that’s all that matters. It’s lovely to connect with your readers and yes, there will be times when someone is unpleasant but just walk away. I’ve learnt to turn any negativity into a positive, every review good or bad helps, it shows your book is being bought and read … win win! Look at your sales figures and as long as your books are selling, then there you go … all publicity is good publicity!