Tips for New Writers

1) A wise old man once told me, “Keep writing. Even if it’s crap.” Incoherent thoughts are better than no thoughts at all. A story doesn’t have to be written in chronological order.

2) Don’t worry about errors. There’s an editing stage for a reason.

3) AVOID ADVERBS LIKE THE PLAGUE! As Stephen King once said, “The road to Hell is paved with adverbs.”

4) The craft of writing is never perfected. You will always learn and grow within it. It changes you just as much as you change it.

5) Don’t hesitate. If you have an idea, jot it down in a notebook or on your phone. It’s better to have a few words than a distant dream.

6) Find beta testers and have them read your work. They will find something you couldn’t.

7) Constructive criticism is a blessing; destructive criticism is a lie.

8) Take breaks. Writing isn’t all fun and games. Leave your manuscript for a few hours/days and then come back to it. You will have a fresh outlook on it.

9) Find inspiration EVERYWHERE.

10) “A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission.” –Rush