These are great tips from people who have actually written books. They have all experienced the many challenges that come from writing a novel and have come out the other side …smiling and proudly clutching their beloved book. Sigh!
So, here are 20 writing tips from the first 20 authors interviewed as part of my blog series – Author Interviews.
- Helen Treharne. Write for you. Stick at it. Listen to advice but write to a schedule that suits you.
- Kelsey Horton. Start a blog. Share yourself boldly, over and over again.
- Tom Hocknell. Read novels. Lots of them. Be in love with the joy and potential of picking up a novel in a shop and buying it.
- Tony Riches. Write everyday and enjoy the challenge.
- Helen Jones. Start writing. Once you start writing you are no longer aspiring.
- Geoff Le Pard. Don’t over analyse and don’t compare. It doesn’t matter if the first thing is rubbish. Diamonds are shit until cut!
- Don Massenzio. Keep writing and don’t be afraid to let others read your work. Find someone you trust to read it early on.
- Nicholas Rossis. Be patient and don’t quit your day job just yet. I know a lot of aspiring authors (myself a lifetime ago included) dream of the day we can write full-time, but it might take longer than you hope. If you start with an unrealistic goal, you will only get disappointed and quit. As I constantly say, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
- S.K. Nicholls. Let most of the advice you hear on writing run through a filter or you’ll go insane!
- Anita Dawes. Keep it real. Don’t copy or imitate anything. Find out what works for you.
- Rachael Ritchey. Have a plan, learn to brand yourself and your work.
- Chris Mentzer. Put together your Writer’s Platform long before your first book is finished. Get the fans interested in you.
- Shelley Wilson. Write! Stop waiting for the ideal time, for that week’s holiday or for your partner to clear the spare room out. Just write!
- Sue Coletta. Never give up. Persistence really pays off.
- Tracy Krimmer. Invest in an awesome critique partner.
- Isabelle Andover. Write on a regular basis. The important thing is to get those words down on the page.
- Kimberly Wenzler. Write and read a lot!
- Terry Tyler. Check out her post ‘Dos & Don’ts For First Time Novelists’
- Icy Sedgwick. Watch films not necessarily for the structure but because they can do things book can’t since they are a visual medium. They are great for getting insight on character arcs and dialogue.
- Aila Stephens. Join a local writing group. I found and joined a writing group that meets once a month, and while I don’t make it to every meeting, going and soaking up the energy from other writers and having that kind of support from people who know your struggles is priceless.
Some great tips from a fab bunch of authors! Get writing all 🙂