Dorothy Koomsonís Top 5 Writing Tips
1. Keep going. Itís a lot harder to keep going than to give up. Youíll get a lot of knock backs, but if you believe in yourself and keep writing youíll get there. Obviously thatís hard to do after your sixth rejection letter of the day Ė but just think of all those other people out there who donít even try because theyíre scared of rejection. Youíve got a lot further than them.
2. Stop talking and do it! Iím always saying this, but itís very easy to get into the cycle of talking about a story but never committing it to paper. And, because youíve talked about it already, part of you will feel thereís no need to write it. Let your writing do the talking.
3. Write what interests you. If you donít write about things that youíre likely to read youíre 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 theyíre writing. Technically competent books are all very well, but Iíve often got to the end and felt there was nothing beyond clever language to them. And, enjoy yourself, thereís nowt worse than not loving what youíre writing.
4. Read Ė lots. Donít just read what interests you, read what sells, read what doesnít sell. Read the trade press, read other authorsí websites, read anything you can thatíll help you along the road to being published.
5. Remember . . . Opinions are like butts Ė everyoneís got one. In other words, donít be tempted to do something you donít believe in and if you have an uneasy feeling about something or someone, think twice before committing yourself. Itíll save you a lot of tears, tantrums and money later on.
Join The Society of Authors. If you do one thing to help yourself itís to join this society. Theyíll 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
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