Writing: Don’t worry about how long it takes!

I had something really nice scheduled for this weeks post, but instead of peanut butter cookies, a perfect treat for all us writers may I just add, I’ve decided to write this!

I always find that writing is the easiest way for me to express myself, and even make me decide what’s best in some situations. This time, it’s all about how long it takes for you to finish your novel, or anything in life really (perhaps your saving for a house, a dream holiday, perhaps your working your ass off for a promotion you think your never going to get). It all boils down to one thing.

For me, it’s all about my ‘finished’ manuscript. These last couple of weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion that my current WIP needs a revamp. I know, in an older blog post that I said that you never know when your novel is finished, not really, and that sometimes, you have to stop and take it to the next level, and I did that, I finally sent it out to agents, even got my first rejection letter, but I don’t know if it’s the books I’ve been reading lately, or just the doubts in my head that are trying to tell me that I need to take that step back.

I put my heart and soul in to ‘Tales of Monsters’, the first manuscript of four that I will finish some day, and there’s things in there that I could never change, things and people that are going to stay in there forever, but now I’ve been focusing on writing the second book (which I had already started writing, maybe three or so years ago) I’ve realised even more, as the story is progressing, that there are more inconsistencies in my plot, that some niggily little things just don’t add up, and they might be small in the first book, but in the second book, their so much more important than I’d thought they be.

Also, the more I write, the more I learn about this world.

I know it doesn’t help that I introduced a whole new group of characters, almost like an alternate story line about five drafts in, and before that, this character (and all the others who were never meant to be) wasn’t going to be introduced until maybe the third book, but, in the grand scheme of things, and the place he ends up, I needed to get to know him much sooner than I thought.

This story just started off as a Princess being chased from a burning castle, being chased by monsters and bandits, and all the bad, horrible things, and then ending up where she still ends up. It was all going to be about her and her journey, but she’s not the sort of person (or character, or whatever) to lead this sort of thing, and I only realised that as I got to know her more. I love her, but, the more I wrote, the more I understood where this was all going to end up.

It turned in to so much more than I could ever have imagined, includes so many things I thought it would never include. I built a whole world, or at least five Kingdoms, all with different people, all with different beliefs, all with different prophecies and ethics and morals, and I love what I’ve written in the first book, but I need to go back to it, I need to do that one last draft.

It is still out there in the literary agent world, festering in their inboxes, and we’ll just have to see how it goes. It’s not changing dramatically at any rate, I’ll probably have to cut about 40,000 words anyway, so I might as well start now.

‘Tales of Monsters’ might not be the first book I publish, I have so many idea’s for other novels and ‘stand alones’ that maybe they’ll beat her to it, but I love it enough to never give up on it! Even if I don’t ever publish it, it will be finished one way or another.

I’m also thinking of going down the route of beta readers. I use my parents and family, but I think I need to stop being so worried and just put it out there more. So, if anyone likes a bit of fantasy, a little bit of magic, some deadly prophecies and a bit of doom and gloom (more adult than YA I think, but still probably okay to read if your a bit younger), then send me a pm or leave a comment, and when I’ve finished with the edit, I’ll send it over to you!

For now, I think I’ll just keep posting little snippets of my story – the ones that are there to stay – on my instagram (jlmwrites) – and trying to better explain what this whole world I created is all about. It’s amazing how inspirational it can be creating pictures and drawings for the world your created, and having the support from other writers that are in the same boat as you (and obviously start working on that ‘final’ draft).

I guess what I’m trying to say is not to get discouraged, whether it’s because it takes so long to plan it, write it, edit it; whether it’s not working, you can’t find the time, or the motivation. If you believe in the end result, if you can put your hand on your heart and say that you can and will give your all to this book, then keep going, it might take five years, it might take even longer, but when it’s meant to happen, it will.

Also, don’t feel bad about realising that you might have to take a step backwards, whether it’s rewriting a chapter, the whole book, rethinking a whole plot idea or just, anything, you’ll get there in the end if you believe in yourself.

You can’t rush art, and don’t rush something that’s important to you. Don’t compare yourself to other writers. Don’t compare yourself to that person who finished their manuscript, they went through everything your feeling right now. You are not alone, and most things in life never go to plan, so don’t worry so much about that finish line, enjoy your writing, because if you stop enjoying it, if you worry too much, it may turn in to something you resent, and that’s the last thing you want!

Just keep writing, don’t give up and like I said, when it’s meant to happen, it will. It doesn’t matter how long, just that you keep going!

When Do You Know Your Novel Is Finished?

This blog post is a bit late. Oops
However, the title of it explains the reason why quite simply. Oops again.

The hardest part of writing a novel is knowing when to stop. When is it ready for the world; For the agents and the publishers your itching to send it too; When have you finished what you set out to do.

The simple answer is the worst answer ever: Never.

No matter how much time you put in to a manuscript, how much world building and character building and editing you do, no matter how many times you rewrite, it is never going to be perfect. In an instagram post, I said that knowing when to stop was the hardest thing, but you have to do it sometime. I may need to learn to practice what I preach…

I’ve recently started on my second book, and I found it so easy to write the way I wanted it to go that I almost panicked a little, worried that I wasn’t portraying the characters correctly. It made me go back, to re-read it, and after convincing myself that re-writing wasn’t the answer, I decided to edit it one last time.

I realised that it was something else bothering me as well. The basis of my story focuses on prophecies, prophecies I weren’t sure worked, but during the night, when I work, I have loads of times to think about it (and doubt myself), and it’s when I realised that I had all the elements there and I just had to put it in to words. It fitted with everything that had happened, everything that’s going to happen and something I was even unsure about.

So, about fifteen thousand more words later, I think I need to send it away before I ruin it.

I still want to rewrite the whole thing, but it’s only because I worry others won’t love it like I do. But! This month, I am sending it away. I poured my heart in to this book and hopefully, even if they think it’s terrible, they can see that.

So, when do you know your novel is finished? You don’t. I’m sure that even published writers have things they wished they’d changed, even J.K Rowling wishes she’d shipped Hermione with Harry rather than Ron. So, just know, that even the writers you look up to still regret things they’ve written, even when it’s been published for nearly twenty years!

So, once you finished it, send it. You may get a load of rejections, but you may just get a letter saying they want to see more of the world you created!

Just keep writing… Or don’t, you know what I mean…

I Finished my Novel…

I’ve been writing for years, and although, I’ve made tons of first drafts, I’ve finally finished a peice that I am happy to share! It took seven years, god knows how many drafts and 105,477 words to finish and I can’t explain how fulfilled I feel.

Now, my next aim is to get it published.

I’m not sure if I’m ready for the rejection letters to start coming, but even world-class authors were rejected at first, so maybe I have a chance!

Although, it does depend on whether or not I find the right words to put in to a synopsis. I’m sure someone said once that writing is a breeze compared to writing the synopsis…

However, I’ll be sure to share it with all of you! Here’s to the next step. Hopefully it doesn’t take as long this time!

Although for the moment, I’m going to try and rest my brain, read some books and maybe start writing the next tale in the story.

The Joust (Ryans Squire Story)

They had passed over a rocky river and her leg had slipped. From there on, lameness had over took the old mare. A young Ryan Crye, a red headed squire to the great Sir Trent, a Kings Knights, had found himself almost begging his Lord for them to stop, to let her rest before they got to the Kings tournament, but the Knight had no compassion for such things. If she could not keep up, she would be disposed of.

The young squire had considered leaving her in one of the inns, just until they passed back through, but when he had asked, the Knight had said it would be a waste. He was not willing to spend his money on the old mare; he would rather spend it on the whores. Ryan had considered leaving her in a camp they had erected on the fourth night. It was safe from wolves and bears, and was one they would pass through on their way home. However, when he had left her, she had followed him.

The mare had never liked being alone, and she must have thought the pain worth it to stay with her young rider. Even if she would never make it.

It had been an early morning when she had fallen for the last time. She laid there on her side, her breathing was heavy, but it was constant. The mare was trying so hard not to give up, to keep herself alive for the boy she was so worried would turn in to his superior if he cared about no one else, but himself.

The squire, her rider, her Ryan, sat with her in her last moments. Moments that would have come much later if the Knight had not slit her throat.

“Horses die just like men, we move on” the Knight said. There was no compassion, no respect.

The mare had once belonged to him, but he had turned old and nasty; or maybe he had always been that way. Ryan had looked up at him once, but now, he could not help but feel ashamed. How had he not seen what this man was truly like. He’d left his father, a coward, a beater, to follow someone he thought was different.

Ryan walked the rest of the way, following in the back of the Knights procession. The Kings tournament would only last four days, but still the Knight had taken his whole house with him.

He had his cook to ensure the meat was not poisoned, his three servants to make sure his weaponry was sharp, his two young handmaidens to ensure his tent was clean (amongst other things), his stable hand to ensure his horse was looked after, and Ryan for everything else. They had also acquired another on their travel, a blonde headed whore who took a delight in sitting on the back of the Knights horse with her small arms wrapped around him.

She had taken notice of Ryan, sometimes flinging herself at him when she thought the Knight did not look, but he had no need or want of her. The Knight did not care if his squire shared his whore, but he had got so lazy on his choosing’s as of late, that his dick was spotted and his balls were red. As beautiful as the whore was, Ryan did not want to share such things with his Lord.

The tournament had only just begun when they rode in. Tents had been erected all around the Kings field, the castle dominating the skyline. The Knights tent had already been erected before they had arrived, and the servants made quick work to make it to the Knights liking. Before he had settled, the Knight had pushed Ryan in the direction of the stable, telling him and the stable hand to pick out a horse. He told him to get something young, sturdy, something that would aid both him and the Knight during the tournament if his black steed ever fell.

He had not wanted to choose another, not so soon, but as the Kings stable hand, an old grey headed man had showed him what was on offer, Ryan strayed towards a blue colt. It had looked at him curiously and he had looked back at it. There was something about the way the colt held himself, something Ryan could not explain or understand.

“He is a fine horse with a soft heart. If you show him compassion young Sir, he will give you his all” the grey haired man said as he walked up behind him. His own stable hand grimaced at the thought of the horse, there was something about it he did not like, but then maybe he had been around the Knight far too much to care about helping a quiet soul. Despite his obvious annoyance, Ryan chose the colt.

The horse was six years old and his name was Bezel.

The Knight had not cared for him, just as the stable hand had said, but like I said the Knight did not care for much these days.

King of the kingdom, Rhyne Collonau, did not take part in the tournament, knowing that the men would let him win. Anyhow, the King’d had his fill of war, of fighting. He was happy to watch, to spectate the lives of his followers.

He had seen the Knight arrive, as always, with a procession of people; followed by a young Ryan Crye. He looked like his father, but despite his name and his likeness, he fought like a warrior, held himself like a young Knight. He had already competed in and wan five sparring games with older men before the first day ended. He was no coward like his father.

The Knight had won his seventh jousting match by noon on the second day. He was in the lead, and would most probably again, be top of the board by the tournaments end.

It was on the third day that Ryan took part in his first joust. He could feel the adrenaline running through him as he’d adorned the armor. It was not steel like the Knights, but the poles were much duller, less likely to kill. He could feel Bezels excitement as he mounted him. He enjoyed being ridden, to run -just as much as Ryan did. Ryan remembered running at the horse, remembered putting his jousting pole down, but then it had cracked, stabbing the other horse in the chest. It fell and the rider toppled on to the ground.

Bezel had stopped in his tracks, throwing Ryan off the top of him and causing him to do a roll in the air before hitting the ground. He had looked up, his head spinning as people had rushed to them. The other horse was dead, and the man had smacked his head on the fence between them; death would come later for him.

The Knight had been both impressed and disappointed. Disappointed more that he had fallen from his horse. It had not been Ryans fault, the man’s horse had tripped and fallen towards the pole, but still the Knight had congratulated him. It was not the first man the squire had led to death, and it would not be his last, but it was not one he had intended. The man had been in his forties, his wife had cheered him on at the side. They had come for the fun of it, to be a part of the Kings celebrations, not to die. The Knight had already considered taking the crying widow back to his tent, it was the first thing that had popped in to his mind. She could be Ryan’s prize once he he’d had his fill.

The blue colt had not moved. His feet were firmly stuck in place. Ryan had been helped up by two men he couldn’t remember the faces off, instead, his eyes were transfixed on the man next to him. Silently, he begged the Gods he did not believe in to let him live, for his daughters and sons to keep their father, but then the Knight would slap the frozen horse on the arse. It would bolt, smashing right in to the Knights black stallion who stood awaiting his turn.

In a fit of pure rage, the Knight drew his sword, heading for the pile of horse. Bezel was the first to stand and, as the Knight raised his sword, he brought it down on the colt, only for another to smack it away. It was the last time the Knight would ever have a squire called Ryan Crye. Ryan swiped his sword to the right, hitting the Knights hands and making him drop the steel sword he’d considered stealing once. The Knight had never had many words, only actions, but as he went to grab Ryan, to bestow upon him the things only legend said he could, Ryan held his sword to his throat.

“Goodbye my Lord” Ryan said. He considered ramming the sword through his neck, he may have had the Knight not took a step back. Ryan turned and flung himself on to Bezel. He could not stay here; he could not squire for a man so full of hatred.

He would return home to his father, to his house.

The King had watched quietly. Many men had stood up to Sir Trent, but never had a man made him step away. It was the day the King had decided that the Crye family name would not go down as the ones who had fled from the great war, but be one of the ones who would save the Kingdom from the threat that was so far away.


This is a little insight in to some back story of my current WIP. I wanted to write it so I knew a bit more about a secondary character. Sometimes they only talk to you when you write about them.

Until next time guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Finding Inspiration

So, here’s a couple of ways that help me find my inspiration and beat that dreaded thing called writers block. Hopefully it’ll help you too.

  • Explore

I think exploring is the best. You can find all sorts outside whilst your exploring. You can even go and explore a certain setting.

Maybe a cathedral, church, mosque or other religious building

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Maybe a pebbled beach at sunset

A forest path;

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An old street in a Spanish Town

Or the zoo…

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  • Images

It could be one you’ve taken or maybe one you’ve found on the internet. If you’re looking for a certain type of inspiration; maybe you’re writing a crime novel; just type your scenario in to google images and see what you get. You could even make a collage of images if that helps you.

  • Books

Books are usually a writers first inspiration. They can take you away to place you’ve never been before and allow you to escape. Their one of the reasons why so many writers write, because they want to create their own worlds that they can escape in to.

Whether or not the genre is the same as the one your working on, idea’s can be taken from the characters, the scenes and the scenarios to help you create you own. Nowadays, there aren’t many ideas that haven’t been written about, but you just have to remember that it’s never been written by you, and every story written is different from the next.

  • Movies/TV Shows

This is similar to books. The big screen can bring characters to life, give you a different depth of understanding in to how people work, how they walk, how they hold themselves, and how scenarios that you don’t usually see in every day life pan out.

As much as we want to believe that werewolves and ghosts do exist, if their anything like their on-screen counterparts, we’re very unlikely to see them out and about. So, both movies and TV shows can give you that, and the films and shows nowadays can be so immersive and make you feel so much that you can’t help, but want to create your own scenes in your head, which can then become a FanFiction, or something different all together.

For example, despite what you think of E.L James Fifty Shades, Twilight and vampires was it’s inspiration and now almost everyone knows about Christian Grey and Anastatia Steel.

  • Video Games

Video games let you escape in to different worlds in a different sort of way to books and movies. It can allow you to be creative, to make your own decisions and face the consequences. It gives you a first person experience and whether it’s an open world type of game or story driven, the feelings and the emotions that it can give you can be taken from it and developed in to something else.

For me, Skyrim is the biggest influence in my current piece. It’s the game that gave me the idea in the first place, and now it’s developed, only elements of it still remain, but every time I play it, it almost gives me the motivation to write more and finish. Games like the Elder Scrolls and Fable have always been favourites of mine, and there are so many games out there that there’s something for everyone. From Lego adventures to Halo Wars.

  • Dreams

It is said that you can dream four to six times per night, but most of us forget 95 to 99% of our dreams. And even if we do remember it, it’s normally just snippets or feelings. Dreams can be a look in to how your feeling, give you inspiration to work on a project and even help you solve problems you might be facing in your every-day life.

In your dreams, you can have your very own adventures, some of which can end with you saving the world or falling over a cliff (which gives a much realer feeling than you think). Some can be so weird that you don’t want to remember them, but others can leave a mark on you.

They say that the way to remember your dreams is to actually tell yourself as your falling asleep that you want to remember them, and then the second you you wake up, write down what you can remember on some paper or a notebook that you keep close to your bed. Even if you can just remember snippets or images, write it down and it’ll help train your brain to remember more.

You can find out more about this at Sleep.org

  • People

People are everywhere! Their all around us and every one has their own story. Family, friends and work colleagues can all inspire you.

It can be really creepy watching people and listening to what they say, but you can gain so much from it that a little bit of eaves-dropping in a cafe or on a bus may influence your next story. And, just having a wider perception of people and just being more observant can help you learn more about a person, how they hold themselves, how they walk, how they talk. Everyone does it differently and taking aspects of people can help you make up your own.

  • Travel

It doesn’t need to be anywhere exotic. It can be a road trip, or maybe just a week away to Butlins. It could even be a family holiday. Not many of us get the opportunity to travel where we want, but if you ever do, or if you ever want to do it, justgo. Your not going to regret it. You’ll regret it more if you don’t.

Travelling lets you learn about the world, about the different cultures and the different histories that a country can have. It can also give you settings and people that you don’t usually walk in to.

I recently went to Ibiza and the view and the culture inspired me to think about all the settings and scenes where my stories take place, and all the little wonders that can be hidden inside a cave or down an alley way.

  • History

History can teach us a lot, whether it be about the people that died in the cold war or who created the telephone. It can give us idea’s on how to create cultures, religions and build our worlds; it gives us hundreds and thousands of people that lived very different lives to what we live now, and there are thousands of untold stories that lie in the back of a history book or on a shelf somewhere in the library.

Whether your book is a fantasy, a romance or even a comedy, using an era in history gives you an already made world you can use to write your story. Access to the internet means that almost every historical event is at your finger tips, every historical figure has something written about them somewhere.

  • Cultures and Religions

Like I said above, history gives us an insight in to how cultures and religions worked before, but there are so many now and the world is becoming more and more diverse every day that you don’t need to look back. There’s so many books and internet articles on the different types of cultures and religions in the world that there’s bound to be one that jumps out of you, and you can adapt it the way you want,

When writing, having a culture that people listen too, or something that they all believe in and follow can make it that bit more believable. Even if it’s something you’ve made up, maybe all the women over the age of thirty five have tattoos on their arms for some reason or another. It’s completely up to you, but having consistency in a story can make it seem more real, and more immersive.

  • Music

Music, although, it won’t always help you to create a world, it can give ideas for characters, for plots or even scenes. It can even be a playlist that motivates you and inspires you to write.

Artists write about how their feeling, about what they’ve been through and it gives you an insight on how someone might feel in a certain scenario and there’s definitely a song out there to describe the way you want your character to feel, or about the choice they have to make.

For me, The Kill and Attack by Thirty Seconds to Mars helped me develop a character and a back-story for a project that at the moment, is on hold, and various songs by Panic! at the Disco and Imagine Dragons, just to name a couple, helped me develop my current piece.

  • Art

Art can be used in a similar way to photos and images. You can search on the internet, go to a museum, a gallery, or to the local alley where all the kids leave their marks in graffiti. Almost everything around you is part of an art, whether it be a book case, a bed, a house, a park. Everything has an architect, someone that designed and created it.

You can even create your own. By drawing or painting (whether your good at it or not) a certain setting, a place, a character or an object from the world you’ve created, you can make it feel more real, more believable.

I’ve seen a lot of people say that you shouldn’t create your own book cover. Leave it to the advertisers, the marketers, but if creating a book cover inspires and motivates you, do it. Do anything (within reason) that helps to inspire you, to motivate you to write.

People are their own architects, taking bits from every thing and every one they meet. Inspiration can be found absolutely anywhere, you just have to open your eyes and look for it. Take the longest route home, give yourself a couple of moments in the day just to look around, inspiration will hit you.

National Proofreading Day!

Profeading is a writers most useful tool!

And it has its very own day! Business trainer for business writing, grammar, and proofreading Judy Beaver is the founder. Her mum, Flo, loved correcting people so Judy decided that her birthday would be the ideal day to correct errors! You can find more details at:

www.nationalproofreadingday.com

When writing a novel or anything of great importance, proofreading is a must. (Although, nowadays, its even more important that you proofread a message before sending it online, because once its on there it can never be taken back)

Here I have gathered a number of tips you can use to help proofread your latest master piece or your next academic essay! (I wish I’d done this whilst I was at uni)

First though, before anything, you have to know  the differences between proofreading and editing. Editing focuses on the content, on the plots, the dialogue, the setting, the consistency of what your trying to write, whilst Proofreading focuses on correcting the superficial errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting; so for example, it will look at that extra space you put in, or that quotation mark that’s not where it’s supposed to be. It is usually the last part to completing a work piece.

I’ve gathered these from a range of sources over the web and have used most myself:

  1. Take a break! Don’t go straight in to proofreading your work once you’ve finished it. Give yourself a break and mistakes will be easier to spot when you go back to it.
  2. Find a comfortable, quiet place! Make sure there’s no distractions or interruptions.
  3. Use printouts! It’s so much easier to read off a piece of paper than off a computer screen. It also lets you highlight and pen anything you find.
  4. Proofread when your brain is most awake! You need a clear head to proofread so make sure you don’t do it all in one sitting.  Too many words inside your brain at once won’t do anything for your concentration.
  5. Read it out loud! This is the best way to know if all your sentences are clear and easy to understand. It will also give you an insight in to whether or not the punctuation works.
  6. Read it backwards! Many people have said that reading your words backwards from end to start can make the mistakes jump out at you.
  7. Look out for the dreaded they’re and theirs, your and you’re.
  8. Get someone else to proofread it for you! Ask someone you trust; it could be a friend, a family member or a work colleague to look over it. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes will find the mistakes your overlooking.
  9. Don’t rely on your computer spell check! Make sure it’s formatted to the correct language when writing (English and American’s have different ways of spelling certain words).
  10. Proofread it at least twice! Once for the technical part, and once for sense!

Hopefully, this’ll help you finish your work and get you that one step closer to what your trying to achieve!

 

Twenty Writing tips

I’m no expert, but one of my favourite things is to write stories and create my own little worlds!

But, alas, like everyone, I suffer from writers block. It can last days… months… Sometimes, I just feel too busy to be inspired, and other times, I sit down and just can’t put anything to paper. But I’ve found ways to beat it. Here are some tips that I’ve gathered on my journey as a writer, and hopefully, they can help you write the story you always wanted too:

  1. Make sure you do your research! For example, if your story is set in Tudor times; look up the clothing; what they ate; what roles they had. If a character is ill or murdered, research the symptoms, the causes; the way someone would die if they had their heart ripped our by a werewolf! Research, research, research! It may make your history look terrible, even questionable, but as a writer, you need to know what your writing about before you can write it! It can make a story more believable if you know how much blood your hero can lose before dying!
  2. Try and write everyday! It doesn’t need to be a story. It could be a blog post, an essay, an idea; even writing about your day in a journal will help.
  3. Use prompts! You can find numerous challenges on the internet, and you can even use prompts to help you complete the piece your working on. Just relate the prompt to your story and you may come up with a new scene all together!
  4. Write first, edit later! Remember that you can’t edit a blank page! (I am the worse for this, especially if there’s a complicated scene). If you write something your not happy with, use the highlighter tool so you can go back to it later. Usually, when I go back this way, the stories more developed and I have a better idea of how I want it to read.
  5. When writing, use what’s best for you! Some people prefer the old pen and paper, and some prefer to sit at their laptop. Some may even use a typewriter! It’s all about what makes you comfortable.
  6. Have a little notebook where you can jot down all your ideas! Some may find that a jotter pad or a reporters notebook is good enough for them, but don’t be afraid to get something a little more expensive! I found that after going to WHSmiths and getting an A5 moderno notebook, I’ve been inspired to write more! It gives you a space to create characters, scenes and brain storm to your hearts content!
  7. Said! Laura said, Robert said, I said! It may sound repetitive at first, but it makes a story flow so much easier if you write Aran said instead of Aran questioned, asked, replied, etc! When you think about it, it makes so much more sense!
  8. Let others read it! You may think that your story has lost that excitement and feeling it had in the beginning, but remember that you’ve looked over it hundreds of times and know every spoiler, every loop hole! Having another set of eyes on your work could inspire you to write more, to write better! It doesn’t need to be an agent, or a publisher, it could be a friend, a parent! Just ask them to be honest!
  9. Have an app on your phone or your notebook handy at all times! You’ll never know when inspiration will strike! I find that whenever I have a spare moment, whether I’m sat on the train or waiting for something, I’ll sit on my phone and write a scene for something that hasn’t even been mentioned yet!
  10. Have somewhere to write! It could be your bedroom, your office, your front room, maybe even a coffee shop! Just have somewhere you feel you can concentrate! It won’t be the same place for everyone. Some people need quiet, others might like a bit of background noise.
  11. When writing, you don’t have to start at the beginning. If a scene or an idea strikes you that would be better suited to the middle or end of your story, just write it! You can put it all together later! Sometimes, people find it easier to start writing from the middle and going outwards.
  12. Join writing communities! It could just be a page on Facebook that gives out some helpful tips and tricks, or maybe a forum where you can ask questions! Even following other writers and publishers on twitter can help inspire you! For me, I liked ‘The Writers Circle’ on Facebook and enjoy seeing the handy tips and prompts that they put up every once in a while.
  13. Have a thesaurus handy! Some say its better to have a hard copy next to you, but thesaurus.com is just as good and will help you block out all those repetitive words you see sprawled across your text!
  14. Read books! I think this is the most obvious! Reading, whether its the same genre that your working on or a completely different one will help to inspire you! It can give you different outlooks on how to write, and make your writing better in the long run! I’ve found that being a reader also helps you spell so much better!
  15. Explore! It doesn’t need to be a mysterious path in a forest, or a climb up a mountain! It could just be a stroll down the street, up the park or maybe a road trip! Just open yourself up to your surroundings. The world is full of inspiration in every single nuke and cranny, it’s just waiting to be discovered by you!
  16. Read it out loud! This will help with anything you write! It’ll let you know how well it all flows and whether or not your dialogues make sense.
  17. Make sure that when you do sit down to write that you keep yourself hydrated! Whether it’s a coffee (yuck), a tea or a bottle of water, staying hydrated will keep your mind more focused.
  18. Open yourself up to other types of inspirations! Watch a movie, a TV show, play a videogame, listen to some music, go to a museum! Just because it’s already been done doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Nowadays, every idea has been explored by one person or another, but it’s not been done by you!
  19. Be passionate about what your writing! Don’t write because you want to become a famous author, write because you want to know what happens in your story from the beginning to the end! If your passionate about what you write, the people who read it will be too!
  20. Believe in yourself! That’s the best advice that anyone could give you.