This week Jeru Publications is happy to feature Brooke Williams. . During her blog tour she stops by to share writing tips for aspiring authors. If you are someone that is interested in writing or even if you're someone that is a writer her tips will help. Too see all of her books and her full bio, visit her Amazon author's page here.
Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors
I’m not sure there is such a thing as an expert writer. If so, I’m not one of them! But I have learned quite a bit over the years about being an author. Many writers that aspire to be authors ask for advice and sometimes, when someone contacts me out of the blue asking questions about something vague or even something specific, I think wow, maybe I’ve made it! If someone wants to know how I do something, that makes me feel like a real author! I still have plenty to learn, but here are a few tips for aspiring authors.
Tip#1: Write Because You Love It
The biggest and best tip I can give is to write because you love to write. No other reason than that. Life is too short to force yourself to do something you don’t really love. If you love to write, do it for you and the rest will come.
Tip#2: Don’t Stop Searching
Whether you’re looking for a publisher, an agent, or the right audience for your work, do NOT stop searching. Sometimes, finding that one exact fit can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but I guarantee if you stop looking, you will NEVER find it. Keep digging. It’s out there! Just waiting for you to find it.
If you love to write, chances are, you also love to read. I am one such writer. I would sit and read all day if given the opportunity. Reading is a great escape from the real world, but as an author, it’s more than that. It’s a time to study the craft. See what other authors do and study it. You’ll notice certain techniques you appreciate and maybe pinpoint things you want to avoid.
Tip#4: Fine Tune
This is my least favorite part of being an author, but I know I need it, probably more than most. Don’t bother sending your rough draft to anyone, except maybe your mom. You need to write something, let it sit, and then go back through it to fine tune. That could mean checking for spelling and grammar errors, plot holes, or simply things you could say a little bit better. Editing is a nasty beast, but if you want to find appreciative readers, edit with intensity.
There are plenty of other things I could say to aspiring authors. I love what I do and I hope you do as well. If that is the case, keep at it! One “no” is not the end of the world. One bad review doesn’t define the work as a whole. Keep clacking away and you’ll soon be calling yourself an author!
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