Three Writing Tips! (from a now published author)
- Take care of your health. Get some exercise! Eat a large, leafy salad dressed with a little olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper, and lemon. Drink water. While writing can be good for the mind, it can also distract you from the needs of the body. A healthy body helps you write.
- Keep your self-esteem up. Low self-esteem can negatively affect your productivity, networking, and the marketing of your book. Exercise should help, but also spend more time with positive people. That includes you; be kind to yourself. The kinder you are to yourself, the more you will like yourself. If your book had been written by a friend, how would you describe it to them after reading it for the first time? Do yourself some favors (take a walk, take a 10-15 minute nap, take the time to really listen to the lyrics of music you love, or find a book you love by the first five pages). Note: The reverse is also true. The worse you treat yourself, the more you’ll hate yourself.
- When uninspired, read to see how other writers do it. Dissect sentences. Look at transitions. Read with a writer’s eye. When you write, you have an extreme amount of power. That fact is easy to forget. When that happens, writing can feel pedestrian. Seeing the true power of writing properly wielded can reignite the yearning you need for the creation of new realities.
Progress: The Forgiving (my horror/suspense novel) has been published on Amazon and Smashwords. House of Cabal: Episode One still needs a lot of work. I’ll give a more thorough update in the near future.