10 Important Tips on How to Become a Novice Writer
Do you aspire to become one of the bestselling authors or an expert writer but have not written anything yet?
Many people live and sometimes die with unaccomplished dreams because they are afraid to start. Some aspiring writers procrastinate writing their first piece fearing that no one will be interested in reading it. The large volume of written content in soft and hard copies may discourage a new writer from starting. You may feel like you have nothing new to share or write about after reading many books in your area of interest.
How do you break your limitations and starting writing?
Here are a few tips on how to become a novice writer:
1 .Start by writing your ideas and thoughts
The fact that you are aspiring to become a writer is an indication that you have new ideas and thoughts that you want to share with the world. Keep a journal of all ideas that cross your mind every day. Do not worry about the flow and style of writing at this stage. Write about your greatest pleasures and pain. Write about things you would want to read about but cannot find any information about them. Keeping a record or journal of your ideas helps you identify areas that you can research on and write about in the future. Review your journal occasionally and begin to merge ideas together. The more you read it the more ideas you get on certain issues.
2. Be authentic
It is important to be authentic and true to yourself as you begin the journey of writing. Focus on topics or issues that interest you. Many new writers are tempted to look for trending topics to write about even if they do not interest them. The danger with this approach is that you will soon run out of ideas and get bored. Express your thoughts, opinions, and ideas in your work. Even if you write about popular topics, do not copy other authors’ ideas and style. The world is looking for fresh ideas and not a repetition of old ideas.
3. Read extensively
You must read and read to become a good writer. You generate new ideas as you read publications on your area of interest. You also learn how to express ideas in different styles from experts. You can start by reading interesting books and magazines but do not stop at that. Extend your study to new areas that you have no idea about and acquire new information. You learn new lessons from each material even if you may not write about the subject matter in the future.
4. Start writing now and keep writing
Every task looks challenging before you start. Do not procrastinate or wait for the right circumstances to start. Do not wait for the right language or style to write your first script. Start from where you are and with the ideas you have. Write something every day even if it is on the same issue or topic. Writing becomes easier and better with every new piece.
5. Learn how to deal with negative comments
The fear of criticism and negative feedback holds many people from pursuing their dream to become writers. You must realize from the beginning that not everyone will agree with your opinion. In fact, at least one person will disagree with everything you write. Expect positive and negative feedback. Do not allow negative feedback to slow your momentum. Differentiate between positive and negative criticisms and learn to ignore negative criticism. Positive criticism helps you become a better writer.
6.Try different styles of writing
As a new writer, you may not know the style of writing that suits you. For instance, you may have assumed that nonfiction writing is the best style for you. Try fiction writing and test your creativity. You may be surprised that fiction writing interests you more than nonfiction writing. If you have written short stories all your life, try something different like writing a novel or poem. Aspire to become a versatile writer who can express the same idea in different styles.
7. Give yourself time to grow
Do not be so focused on becoming an expert writer that you do not enjoy the journey. You will not learn how to write overnight or with the first few pieces. You must keep writing and writing even when no one pays attention until you become a good writer. The most important thing is to start and remain consistent. Do not be too hard on yourself if your ideas do not seem to flow at first. Give yourself enough time to gain the skills and master the art of writing.
8. Pay attention to others
If you have to write something every day, you need fresh ideas every day. Thinking through issues and reading will help you generate new ideas. Another easy way is to pay attention to those you interact with every day. What are people talking about in the malls, buses, sports arenas, and on radio? You must learn as a writer to listen more than you talk in some instances. You will pick areas that other writers have ignored or written little about as you listen to conversations. Some writers make a living out of hot topics and trending news.
9. Avoid disruptions when writing
If you want to become a novice writer, you must set aside time for writing every day. Avoid disruptions during the set time and focus on writing. Find a quiet room in your house or office where you can think and write without disruptions. You cannot write consistently if you combine writing with watching television or checking for updates on social media. Consider writing as an important part of your day. If you intend to write top selling books or novels in the future, you will spend many hours writing to complete one book. Train yourself to be disciplined from the start
10. Have fun
Genre: Vampire Romance
Date of Publication: May 29, 2016
Word Count: 41200
Barnaby Blaine Rice was a Vampire born in the depression with a very special power to see who people truly were. After a long, empty existence of witnessing the darkest points of humanity, Blaine happens to encounter a beautiful married woman named Mary Slate. Unable to handle his love for the beautiful human, Blaine accidentally kills another Vampire over her and is put under a serious debt with the Vampire Council.
Blaine reluctantly forces himself to forget the woman and allows her to live her life without his intervention. It wasn’t until 50-years-later that the distant memories of the captivating Mary are brought back to the surface. Blaine has the pleasure to encounter the young Wendy Slate, granddaughter of Mary Slate after a criminal vampire keeps her hostage. Blaine got there in time to stop the criminal, but not to stop the beginning of Wendy’s transition into Vampirism.
As he was forced to sire her into this new world, he discovers that Wendy is the most amazing person he’d ever met. Wendy has to make a life-altering decision as Blaine has to deal with his blooming feelings for a woman who was identical to his first love. This modern love story introduces the most influential turning point of these lover’s lives.
Excerpt Blaine Rice
Red stood at the window of his office, looking out onto the courtyard located in the front of the headquarters, his golden council robe hung off his shoulders, that red aura that always hurt my eyes surrounding his entire body. While I sat in the chair opposite of his desk, he stayed there for at least five minutes. I didn't know for certain since I didn't dare look down to check my watch to enrage him even further. After another fruitless night, I just wanted to go back home to Wendy.
"While capturing these… these things is a great job, are you any closer to finding the one who has created them?" Even though his voice was quiet, the power of it seemed to fill the large room.
"Yes and no. I've learned more about the whole case in the last couple of nights, but not much about the leader, especially since he hasn't shown up in my visions since early yesterday night." I stuck with the truth for the simple fact I knew Red already knew the answer.
I had given him a full report yesterday and about an hour ago over the phone. It was after the phone call today he told me to come in. Now that I was here, I realized it was probably so he could rant at me for not having the job done already, but there was more going on than we had first assumed.
"Barnaby, I needed this ended yesterday. While the body count has dropped significantly, the problem won't be solved until the one responsible is captured." He turned to faced me, finally. His red rimmed, brown eyes drilling into my body as if he wanted me dead for not having completed the task already.
"All due respect, sir," I began, trying to keep any hint of my annoyance with him out of my tone, "You gave me seventy-two hours to complete the mission. I still have another twenty hours left until the deadline."
Red glanced away from me and began to pace the space behind his desk. As usual, his hands were clasped behind his back as he walked. "And can you deliver me my guy within that amount of time?”
I definitely hoped so. The only thing keeping me going on this mission was the fact that it was somehow related to Wendy. I still had yet to place the exact connection, but I knew Red hadn't been just simply using her to get me to take the job. As long as I could find the creature that got away from tonight, I was positive she would lead me to the right person.
"Follow down to the lab. There is something I wish to show you."
About the Author:
Rain Grey is a psychologist by profession. However, she has been writing books since she was fifteen years old. She loves anything supernatural and her favourite genres are vampire Romance and ghost fiction. Her home in England is close to the town of Stratford Upon Avon, where William Shakespeare was born.