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Friday, April 7, 2017

10 Tips For Beginner Writers

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Last Updated June 26, 2018

Are you just starting out as a writer? Then it is easy to feel a bit lost as to how to start. Here's some tips to help you get the most out of what you write, and even perhaps get published.

1. Turn off distractions: The internet is a huge place, and it's easy to get lost in it when you're meant to be writing. Instead, switch off the internet connection and really get down to writing. You can always come back to Facebook when you're done.

2. Read as much as you write: Read much, and read widely. You can't grow as a writer unless you're reading around. You'll get so much inspiration from how other writers work.

3. Ask for criticism: Yes, handing over your manuscript feels like handing over your precious baby to the wolves. It feels bad the first few times you do it, but it's important that you get feedback. Find people who you trust to read your work, and give you an honest opinion.

4. Write every day: Set aside some time every day to dedicate to writing. This can be in the small hours, before everyone else in the house is awake. It can be on your lunch break. It can even be in the middle of the night. Find a time that's right for you, and use it.

5. Use the tools available to you: Writers aren't alone in what they do. There's a  whole community out there, wanting to help you achieve your potential as a story teller. There's especially plenty of tools online that you should take advantage of. For example, Writer'sDigest is full of useful articles for you to peruse. UK Top Writers have editors who can help you improve your writing. Finally, Helping Writers BecomeAuthors helps you with the technical aspects of your writing.

6. Be patient: It's impossible to write a book in a day. If you feel you aren't making any progress, be patient with yourself. Even if you only write 100 words, that's a 100 words that you didn't have before. Keep working away at it, and you will have that manuscript in time.

7. Edit when it's done: Many writers get caught up in trying to edit mistakes that they seen in their work, before they're done writing it. It's easy to start doing this and then just stop writing altogether, as you can get disillusioned with what you're writing. Instead, wait until you're done, and then edit. That way, you have the full story no matter what.

8. Find a good workspace: Where you like to work will be up to you. Some people find it easier to write in a lively space, such as a coffee shop. Others need absolute silence, and a door they can shut behind them. Whatever it is you need, make sure you have that space, and use it.

9. Observe the world around you: This is a vital tip for creating interesting and believable characters. Listen to people when you're out and about. What do they talk about? What are their mannerisms? There's plenty of material out there, and as a writer your job is to steal it all.

10. Don't give up: No matter what you're writing about, don't give up. It's easy to feel defeated when the words won't come, and you're trying to write with your whole family banging on the door. Remember your vision though, and stick with it.

There you have it. With these tips, you too can become a writer. All you need is an idea, and something to write it down on. The rest is up to you. 

About the Contributing Author:
Rachel J Summers is an experience local newspaper reporter and journalist with a passion for truth and great writing. She also works at UK Top Writers, and has years of experience as a freelance writer and editor. You can find her on Twitter at @RachelJSummers.

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