First 5 tips for new writers
By Megan S. Johnston
These are the first five tips for new writers, if you want to be taken seriously.
# 1: Be who you really are, in other words, be yourself. It is essential to never copy or imitate another’s work. You will eventually find you own style and voice.
# 2: Know your subject matter. Whether you are writing non-fiction or fiction, you have to know what you are writing about. If you are not a specialist in the field, you have to research your subject matter prior to publishing. You want your subject to be believable, something the reader can connect with. You don’t want readers losing interest, or pointing out that your work lacks research.
#3: Write, write, write. You have to set time every day to write, weather in the morning, afternoon or evening. It can be anything from your grocery list to mapping out your characters. It’s wise to keep a notebook always handy; you never know when the creative juices will start flowing. Make sure to write them down when it’s fresh in your mind. When listening to other people’s stories, pay attention to how others react. Write down the most interesting parts and the reaction. Then analyze it.
#4: Read, read, read. Read what you want to write about. If you want to write murder mysteries, then that’s what you should be reading. It will not only help you with your craft of writing, but will show you the market trends for your genre.
#5: Believe in yourself. Always tell people you are a writer, not that you want to be a writer. It tells the world who you are, not what you want to be.