When it comes to writing fiction this post has all the lessons learned you will need to be the best writer you can be. Check out my essential elements to writing fiction. See the 7 keys tips to writing like a pro. #writelikeapro
See the 7 Keys Tips to writing like a Pro
Write about what you know
Write, Write, Write
Know your audience
Find your time and place
Use tricks to help trigger ideas
Do not be afraid of changes
Use other professionals
Key Tip 1; Write About What You Know
When writing fiction you should stick to what you know:
A genre you love reading
The world you live in every day
Your education, upbringing or background
I wrote Esme Zur And The I Of The Age is in a genre I love to read - science fiction dystopian. My book centers around the relationship of two sisters, a Mother and a Grandmother. Written for 8 to 12 year olds #middlegradebooks with a broad reach to young teens #youngadultbooks and younger kids. I have two girls those ages and every day is a learning experience on how they act, what they like to do and the challenges with growing up. I tough in a dose of family tension between of the the females. Something I knew about living in a family full of them. All these things I know about and deal with every day. Why write fiction this way? It become second nature to write about things you know. So, what do you deal with and live with every day? Is it a commute on a train, living with three dogs, taking care of someone in advanced years, struggles with work, language barriers, partner issues or the life of a baseball parent? Whatever is the most prevalent in your live - write about that.
Key Tip 2; Write, Write Write
When writing fiction you should write alway, at every change.
Use your phone
Use a laptop or kindle
Use paper and pen
I used many different media's when writing. Fiction is a creative process and an iterative process. Whether you are a stream of consciousness person or a map every single thing out for books on end person. The process is still creative. Therefore you need to strike when the creative juices are flowing. The point is write. Many times a thought may pop into your head - don't throw it out. Write it down. It could be a name, dialogue, a place or a whole scene. Document it down with what you have at the moment. You can move it later. You can use a pen and paper, a tablet, a phone, a laptop all of the above. Write with what you have when you have an idea.
Key Tip 3; Know Your Audience
Focus in on your target aduiance.
Know who you are writing for
Know what is important to them
Know what they do on a regular basis
Who is reading your genre? What do they like to do? Where do they hang out? What excites them? What do they do for fun? Watch what they watch. Talk to this group of people really get to know them. Read what they are reading. What philosophical battles are they dealing with? If you are writing historical fiction understand and research everything about that time. If you are writing a detective murder mystery read real life detective cases. This make sense. Do a little homework to get the story right.
Key Tip 4; Find Your Time and Place
You need to know when the best time of day is for you.
Find the best time of day
Find the best place to write
When writing you need to know when and where works best for you. Are you an early bird, midnight oil burning type of person? Do you need absolute quite, noise of children abounding, white noise of a fan or the chirping of birds? Do you like it cold or hot? These are some of the question you need to ask yourself and answer. When you do decide to set time aside. set the stage. Setting the stage lets you be the most productive you, you can be. I am a house quite, early bird. What are you?
Key Tip 5; Use Tricks To Help Trigger Ideas.
Writer's block can be a thing of the past
To build on tip, 3 your need to write, even when you can't.
Find tricks to trigger your brain and creativity
Let go of your reality
When not feeling up to writing, you really still need to. I find that setting goals and finding someone to hold you accountable helps. You need to write, even if for 2 minutes a day. Set a goal and stick to it. I wrote for two hours a day at a minimum when working on my novel. As in tip 4 early in the morning before anyone woke up. My goal was 2 pages a day. Ten to twelve pages a week. Sometimes I excited that and was on a role. Sometimes I had to make up half a page later in the day. Do what works for you. Is it a half page? Is it a paragraph? When it comes to tricks the best one I have used is reading. Yes - I know! Reading list of words. Put together a list of strong verbs and a list of adjectives. Read them over and over. Jot down whatever comes to mind when you ready those words. This can help with writer's block. The idea's you have do not have to be about you are currently working one. The words are to trick your mind into thinking and being creative. Play games or with toys. Yes this seems silly and childish. That is the point. Children have wonderful imaginations. Let go and be more childlike. Burden with adulthood can sometime block our creative mind. This trick gets your creative juices flowing and may spark other ideas for stories or spin off. I am a stream of consciousness writer. Using these tricks I was able to think about the next book in my series, a prequal, a book of poems and a self help book all while writing the first Esme Zur book. Wow - that is a lot! This may work for you.
Key Tip 6; Do Not Be Afraid Of Changes
Writing is a process that is not perfect
Editing will happen.
Lots of changes may happen
Be prepared to open your mind for new things
You have finished your novel and you take a huge sigh of relief. Now the hard work begins. Editing is letting go of yourself just a little and letting others comments make you better. You can not expect to have a perfect novel first time through. A 120 to 400 pages just do flow out as perfect. Even someone with a PHD in writing will do edits. I am not an english major, so I prepared myself for a lot of editing. Editing is not just about spelling and grammar. The story arch and plot, character lines and the underlying theme will all be questioned and tested. Be open and prepared for things to change and even more around. The first rounds of edits should start with you and end with a professional editor. When working with my editor there were some chapters that needed more than seven rounds of editing. We cut chapters up and moved a few things around. The story and book will be better for it.
Key Tip 7; Use other Professionals
Get the help of other professionals outside of your realm
I used Reedsy to find professionals to design and create the cover #EsmeZurCoverArt. I also had a professional editor. There are many professionals out there to help you accomplish your goals. Weather marketing or web design, editing or art, there are many people out there to help you achieve your dreams. Yes it is very much worth it. I could have never created such a beautiful cover as this one without the help of a real artist. Do your research. Think about what you ca do and what you can not. Save up if need be and find those professionals. It will be very much worth it.
Go ahead and #writelikeapro!