For those who are interested in one day becoming a writer, it’s a thrilling adventure. It’s not just your readers who get to explore a completely fictionalized world, but you get to do the same. There’s a twist, though. You’re the one creating it. You get to set the rules. That’s one of the most amazing things writers get to experience.
Even if your work is non-fiction, your voice gets to be heard. How you view the world and break down circumstances is unique to you. A hundred different people can write on the same events, but each telling is different than the one before it. But with it comes a bit of advice for writers who have been where you’re at right now.
Every million-dollar author had a point of just beginning. They were breaking their teeth in the game and learned from those who came before. In this article, we’re going to outline ten amazing pieces of advice for aspiring authors.
1) Always Believe in Yourself
Writing is a complex process. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog, a love letter, or a book. Emotions play a major part in how well your writing will flow. There will be times when the words aren’t flowing correctly. You’ll want to drag your document to the trashcan and give up forever. Despite these feelings of doubt, never give up in yourself.
Stephen King had moments like this. He most likely has a bit more confidence in himself now, but there was a time when he gave up on a manuscript. He tossed it in the trash, only for his wife to fish it out and send it into a publisher. That manuscript was called “Carrie” and was King’s first book. Imagine if Mr. King gave up writing right then and there.
2) Take a Lot of Notes
As we already stated, writing a book is like a journey. You may have an idea where it’s going to go in your head, but that process will change. Characters will evolve, the storyline will be different, and by the time you’re finished, the book might not be anything like you intended. Other than notes, having a journal is a good idea as well.
Sharing every thought you have, recalling your dreams, and cataloging your raw emotion will only serve to improve your writing. You can use it later to help you write your book. Write in your journal every day. If you have a new idea for your characters, put it on paper. Don’t lose those thoughts.
3) Don’t Be Afraid of Mistakes
No matter what you do in life, you’re going to make mistakes as you grow. The way to counteract that is to embrace your mistakes. Use them as fuel to keep fighting. Learn from them. It’s the only way you’re going to grow into a better writer.
4) Help is Available
If you don’t think you’re a strong enough writer, there are ways you can improve. There are books, articles, blogs, tapes, and software out there available to anyone. You can take a few courses. Join writing groups. Take yourself to the next level and willing to learn what you don’t know. The best writers aren’t afraid to seek help.
5) Your First Draft Will Always Suck
If writers wat a truly polished, finished work, then you need to edit. You have to go back and revise your work. Not just once, but several times. But don’t worry about that on the first draft. That first draft is really about pouring your heart out. Get the words on the page. Don’t worry if it’s perfect yet. It doesn’t have to be.
Once the story is written, go back and find better words to use. Improve sentence structure. Check for grammar. This will allow you to complete your book and keep yourself from overthinking HOW you wrote it. Get it down, walk away from it, then go back with a fresh mind.