People often ask me what does it take to be a writer. I usually tell them the sun and a strong cup of coffee, but naturally it goes further than that. Here are six ways to become a better writer
1. Good writing comes after the first draft: It's fun to write the first draft. I make it like anything goes. I can mix up my there's and their's and don't forget the yours, and you're. I can have a world full of run-on sentences, dialogue that has zero voices and don't forget the new phrase info-dump. It's when I sit down to look over the first draft that my inner writer comes out. I start to become the characters on the pages. I start off with my dialogue and create who I want my characters to become. I then take out the info-dump and create elaborate settings with the perfect amount of description. I can tackle the grammatical errors and oh boy there are plenty to make any proofreader cringe and wonder how I ever became a writer.
2. Having a good editor: The only experience I can give you is my own. I release my first New Adult novel in August of 2013. I let my family read it and of course my good old friends. I was getting feedback that every writer wants to hear. One of my friends recommended me to an editor that was in my neighborhood. I immediately took her on without looking at references. I thought it was the best thing that could have happened to me she was local so I could hand deliver everything, and she could do the same for me. She was a great editor, but I was a naive writer. I took everything she said like her words were gold. Long story short I published my novel without her taking a second look at it. Can you guess why? I didn't want to spend anymore money. The novel did okay. I received a whole bunch of mixed reviews, but it was my fault the story didn't reach it's potential. If you're going to spend your money on anything make sure, it's a great editor and please research the editor before you spend your money.
3. Write every day: I can’t stress this more and more. You must write every day. Here are some suggestions: write a chapter in your novel, write a short story, write a how to, write a letter to your children or best friend, just write!!!
4. Read as much as you can: Here is where writers make me giggle. I asked one of my writer friends, “so what have you been reading lately?” My writer friend, “Read? Who has time to read I have to get my novel done,” and here is where I become violent….how can you write a book without reading works in the genre you are writing? I can only speak for myself, but I write something every day, and I read every day. Since becoming a writer it takes me longer to get through my books, but I will never stop reading. Not only does it exercise my brain, but it helps me write my novels. I can see the different writing styles; I can see if I like novels in 1st or 3rd person and guess what I can get ideas for novels when I read other authors works. It helps writers block.
5. When you have a great idea just sit down and do it: I’m sure you just read that and wondered yeah when do I have time just sit down and write something. If you want to become a writer, you must find the time to accomplish this task. I used to walk around with a pad and pen, but now with technology I just whip out my iphone and start typing in the notes section. When I’m at the playground with the kids and the idea starts forming in my head I pull out my phone and start typing away. When I get home, I put it into my computer and start my novel. You just have to sit down and do it!!
6. Inspiration: Find your inspiration!! Your inspiration can be your family, friends and the many authors that are out there. Find a group of writers on facebook or google+. It’s easy to find the inspiration. You just have to take the time to look for it!