|Ten Tips to Help You Finish Writing Your
by: Ann Roscopf Allen
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- Set aside a time to write and keep it sacred.
- Remove all distractions while you write.
- Outline your plot.
- Avoid the intimidation of a blank computer screen.
- Keep a draft mentality.
- Don't feel compelled to begin at the beginning.
- Organize your files, especially if you are not
going to write in order.
- Revise, revise, revise.
- Don't be afraid of putting yourself out there.
- Only you can determine when you are finished.
Writing a Book
Ten Tips For Budding Authors
by: Kevin Hart
1. For me the most important tip is to write, write every
day, 365 days a year. Remember practice makes perfect.
2. Very few authors are published on their first attempt;
it's a hard slog and you'll often want to pact the whole
writing business in. It's then you've got to remember
patience and perseverance.
3. If you are serious about writing as a career then treat
it as such. If you wanted to be a doctor, lawyer, plumber,
chef then you'd expect to have to learn the trade. Why
should writing be any different? It will pay you to visit
workshops and listen to what successful authors have to
say. Learn from the masters.
4. I'm a member of a writers group and for me it is essential
it helps feed me. Also visit sites like http:www.abcwritersnetwork.co.uk
where you will learn about current creative writing contests.
Use these contests to help hone your skills. If you are
involved in promoting creative writing locally let them
know they will advertise the event for you free of charge.
5. In my early days of writing one of my main faults was
my failure to accept criticism. This was one of the problems
my writers group helped me overcome.
6. Be cautious of loved ones who tell you that your writing
is 'marvelous,' quite often they don't want to offend.
I've found it best to avoid showing my work to close family
until I've had it tested elsewhere.
Don't become a writer because you think it is an easy
option. It is not. It is hard work. To become successful
you have to work 365 days a year. There are very few other
jobs that demand that sort of commitment. Maybe after
you've hit the big time you can drop that down to six
months in the year - maybe.
8 Carry a note book. If you get a sudden idea write it
down. Ideas are like dreams they are very soon forgotten,
but ideas are also like oak trees they can grow mighty
9. Believe in yourself, if you have what it takes to be
successful then you will succeed. If you haven't then
you'll soon know.
10. Finally Maeve Binchy gives this advice 'write as you
talk.' Also write about what you know. I know that's old
hat but its true nevertheless.
Kevin Hart Copyright © 2005
About the Author
Kevin Hart is a published author and chair of Armagh Creative
Writers. He created and maintains the hightly successful
web site http://www.abcwritersnetwork.co.uk
The website offers invaluable information to creative
writing. In particular it holds a large data base of creative
writing contests and competitions.