Writing advice/tips are everywhere. Everyone is an expert, even Lucy from Peanuts. How do you know what to follow and what to ignore? The simple answer is to listen to your inner voice and to trust your instincts. Let’s look at a few examples.
One of the most asked pieces of advice people ask is, “How do I become a writer,”. In one camp there are the intellectual people. They say that you must study grammar and writing via classes and workshops. While I understand their concept, when it comes to creative writing (novel/prose/poetry) that logical approach doesn’t work. William Shakespeare didn’t take classes at Oxford to become a writer. He wrote his experiences and what he observed in Elizabethan times.
Another camp are what I call the free spirits. I fall into this group and my simple answer is, “If you can write something down on paper and share it with others, you are a writer.” Writers write. You either are or you aren’t. It’s not as complicated as people make it out to be.
“I never have time to write.” This is a big issue for many writers and trust me, I understand. I have struggled with this too and I can tell you that what works for me may not work for you. Each writer’s life is different and each person has their own time perimeters.
I read an article a long time ago talking about writer’s block. It showcased 20 writers and their helpful tips for overcoming writer’s block. One of the tips really made me see writing in a whole new light. She said, “I always tell my writing students to write 300 words every day. It is basically a page and everyone has time to write one page.”
I thought about it and it soon became my writing goal. I promised myself to write 300 words every day. I put a sticky note up in my writer’s nook and looked at it every day. I can tell you all that I was true to my word and kept that promise. I wrote 300 words each and every day. Some days I did more and some days I struggled to make those 300 words. I did it and I felt so proud of myself.
Ask yourself, what word count would be appropriate for me?
Don’t say 1,000 words if you cannot do it. Commit to a word count and make sure that it is not too lofty. Don’t make it too easy for yourself, either. This is a writing goal and it must propel you forward.
Time management is another key tip I learned from that article. Being a writer is all about time management. Many of us do have a day job, families and responsibilities. Making time for writing can be hard but when you make it a priority, it becomes easy. Schedule a block of your day/night in your time management planner and call it “writing”. Tell your family/friends/roommates so that they know not to bother or interrupt you.
My writing time is in the afternoon from 1-4 pm. I chose that time of the day to write because it works best for my life. I shut off all the distractions and I concentrate on writing.
Writing advice is everywhere and it can be overwhelming. Trust me, I’ve been there.
The best advice I can give you is to read everything out there, figure out what works for you and then trust your inner voice. It will always guide you and never steer you wrong.
Remember the writing profession is constantly evolving. Learn something new today.
During the month of September, Princess of the Light is on sale for the super-low price of $.99 USD. 100% of the proceeds during this time will go directly to our local food bank to help feed children and families in need. This is the first time Princess of the Light has ever been this low and who knows when it will be this low again.
Mary’s the Princess of the Light but her only hope is to make a pact with her enemy.
Mary Miller receives a startling visitation from Gabriel, the Messenger of God. The Archangel reveals an astounding truth–Mary is the Princess of the Light and even more amazing, her destiny is to battle Lucifer’s army of demons and restore the balance of good and evil on Earth. It’s getting harder to fulfill her new role and keep her identity secret while juggling her personal life, and when Than, Lucifer’s second in command, amps up the attacks on her, she knows she needs help.
Joe Deacons is everything she’s ever wanted in a man. And as providence would have it, in a moment of great need, he’s the Warrior of Light–the one who can help her defeat the forces of darkness.
Not so simple when they confront Lisbeth, a demon hell-bent on usurping Than and Lucifer himself. When Lisbeth wages war and several innocent people die, Mary must form an alliance with her enemy in order to destroy her. But will this be a grave error or the choice that saves their world?
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Author Bio: N. N. Light is the husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.
They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.
Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.
In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.
100% of the proceeds of Princess of the Light go directly to food banks (US and Canada) in order to feed the hungry and help those in need. With only 7,500 books sold, N. N. Light will be able to set up a monthly endowment for the local food bank.
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