Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Diana Bocco – 10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

by: Diana Bocco

1. Write. I know that sounds so obvious, but you’d be surprised how many “aspiring” writers I meet who don’t actually write. They’re waiting for something: a better idea, the magical key to a successful book, the right “gimmick” that will help them write a bestseller… None of that really works. In the end, you just have to sit down and write.

2. Read. And I don’t just mean read the kind of book you want to write, but read more in general. It’s good for inspiration but it will also improve your craft.

3. Network (online or offline) with writers who “made it.” You can learn a lot from them.

4. Get a copy of “On Writing” by Stephen King. Really. You aren’t allowed to call yourself a serious writer until you’ve read this book.

5. Stop making excuses. Sure, you might have a full-time job, kids, bills to pay… You can still find time to write. Just 30 minutes, 500 words a day, and you could have a complete novel in four months. Four! Cut the time in half and you could still finish a book in less than a year. Stop waiting for the perfect moment to write. Just write.

6. Write what you love.

7. Learn the rules but don’t obsess about them. As a writer, you’re expected to know grammar. You’re expected to know how to create a logical plot, how to insert twists into your story, what POV is and how to work it to your advantage… Of course, none of that matters if you spend so much time worrying about those things that the book never gets written. Do the best you can, then revise and rewrite. Then get a good editor to fix anything you’ve missed.

8. Keep it simple. Readers don’t want a fancy story that they need to read with a dictionary next to them. That’s what Shakespeare is for (and I love Shakespeare, by the way). A good writer is all about the story. That doesn’t mean your writing should be sloppy, but it should be accessible or you won’t connect with readers.

9. Stop being lazy. Writing is work. Unfortunately, the only way to become a better writer is to write more, even when you don’t feel like it. So sit down (tie yourself to the chair if you have to) and keep writing.

10. Try not to suck. Some readers will still hate you or your book, no matter how good it is. That’s just how things work. But you should still make your best effort, treat your writing with respect and spend time learning the craft. Good writers are always open to growing.


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Genre - Paranormal Romance/Dystopian Romance

Rating – R

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