Home Invites Members Groups Events Directories Videos News Photos Blogs Forums Chat
Home > Blogs > Post Content

Dorothy Koomson’s Top 5 Writing Tips (5794 hits)

<A HREF="">Play the clip using the stand-alone player</A>

Dorothy Koomson’s Top 5 Writing Tips

1. Keep going. It’s a lot harder to keep going than to give up. You’ll get a lot of knock backs, but if you believe in yourself and keep writing you’ll get there. Obviously that’s hard to do after your sixth rejection letter of the day – but just think of all those other people out there who don’t even try because they’re scared of rejection. You’ve got a lot further than them.

2. Stop talking and do it! I’m always saying this, but it’s very easy to get into the cycle of talking about a story but never committing it to paper. And, because you’ve talked about it already, part of you will feel there’s no need to write it. Let your writing do the talking.

3. Write what interests you. If you don’t write about things that you’re likely to read you’re far less likely to put your heart into the story. I think the best stories are the ones that you can feel the author believes in what they’re writing. Technically competent books are all very well, but I’ve often got to the end and felt there was nothing beyond clever language to them. And, enjoy yourself, there’s nowt worse than not loving what you’re writing.

4. Read – lots. Don’t just read what interests you, read what sells, read what doesn’t sell. Read the trade press, read other authors’ websites, read anything you can that’ll help you along the road to being published.

5. Remember . . . Opinions are like butts – everyone’s got one. In other words, don’t be tempted to do something you don’t believe in and if you have an uneasy feeling about something or someone, think twice before committing yourself. It’ll save you a lot of tears, tantrums and money later on.

Bonus Tip!
Join The Society of Authors. If you do one thing to help yourself it’s to join this society. They’ll give you the best impartial advice available.


About the Author
Dorothy Koomson is the author of seven novels, including, The Woman He Loved Before, The Ice Cream Girls, Goodnight, Beautiful, Marshmallows for Breakfast, My Best Friend's Girl, The Chocolate Run and The Cupid Effect. Her books have been translated into more than 28 languages across the world. Website: http://www.dorothykoomson.co.uk


Read the first chapter of The Ice Cream Girls
http://www.dorothykoomson.co.uk/pdf/IceCreamGirls-1stChapter.pdf


Order Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson
ISBN-10: 145550713X
ISBN-13: 978-1455507139
Women's Fiction. Suspense. Psychological Thriller

KINDLE: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ice-Cream-Girls-ebook/dp/B005SCRA4E
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Cream-Girls-Dorothy-Koomson/dp/145550713X
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ice-cream-girls-dorothy-koomson/1104324268
Posted By: EDC Creations
Sunday, April 29th 2012 at 5:28AM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
Hi Dorothy, thank you for this post! I just read the summary for "Marshmallows for breakfast". I'm going to check it out =)
Saturday, May 12th 2012 at 2:06AM
Afi Pittman
More From This Author
Why I Write By Dorothy Koomson
Authors Appreciation Month at EDC Creations
Raising Him Alone Workshops for Single Mothers Kick-Off Philadelphia, PA
Intimate Conversation with author David Miller
Raising Him Alone by David Miller and Matthew P. Stevens
National Survey to Support Single Mothers
Intimate Conversation with author David Miller
Writers tip: Building Colorful Characters by Rachel Berry
Forward This Blog Entry!
Blogs Home

(Advertise Here)
Who's Online
>> more | invite 
Latest Photos
>> more | add
Latest Member Activity
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'a review from the regal sisterhood book review committee'. 02:17PM
antoinette coleman just posted a blog entitled 'an invitation to "the wow event" october 15th, 2016!'. 10:13PM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled ''s[here' book review'. 03:23PM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'the 5 biggest fiction writing mistakes (& how to fix them) '. 12:05PM
jovita epps just edited her profile. 09:05AM
pam perry just posted a blog entitled 'the marketing strategy that works 100% of the time (part 1)'. 02:31PM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'heller: don't force yucca on nevada '. 07:05PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ “howl of an angel” ~'. 10:42PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ "regatta" ~'. 02:12AM
s.e. gregg just posted a blog entitled 'radio morning show host produces audio book'. 10:30PM
antoinette coleman just posted a blog entitled 'take a look at sample pages of a phenomenally new magazine!'. 05:15PM
tunishai ford just posted a blog entitled 'you are invited to the wow event'. 11:02PM
>> more | invite friends