Hello and welcome, today I thought I’d share some of my favourite tips with you. The kind of advice I wish I always used but as I’m only human, I too forget.
Like the wonderful author Judith Barrow keeps telling me: Read your work aloud. It helps to identify poor flowing work, straighten out kinks and generally is a great tool for your revision. (Yes, she tells me after each critique session when I clearly have not done so.)
Use your own writing voice, don’t try to imitate someone else’s. Publishers want your unique style that only you can deliver, so quite struggling with the pretence and allow your words to flow through the pen.
As a follow on to the last point, always carry a note book and pen, pencil or if you fancy a crayon. I can’t tell you how many times I should have been prepared. In your handbag/ backpack, in the glove box, by your bed or even record your words of epiphany onto your mobile phone. You always think you’ll remember the clever prose or genius plot twists – but you won’t.
A small tip for any of my writing mums or dads, don’t even think about writing when the kids are awake, at home and never in the holidays. It always results in tears and tantrums; mostly mine because they will not let me write. Any writer – parenting tips welcome.
I am the queen of daydreams and procrastination. So I need some limits and boundaries, even if its to write for 20 minutes a day. Most likely, I’ll be typing for hours but on the days I struggle to get two words out it will help me return for the next monotonous writing event. We all have those days, you are not alone!
Bring a fresh mug of tea, doesn’t help me write but it sure does lift my spirits. A happy writer is… well, still just a writer but we all have our little comforts. So why not enjoy the perks of working from home, all alone and enjoy whatever treats we choose, just because we can. 😉
For today’s last tip; One I wished I used but learnt the hard way, back up your work. Save it to a cloud, on a memory stick, on your computer – and just to be extra sure, a printed out MS, in a sealed self addressed envelope that you lock in a vault. A bit excessive but you understand my point, when the works gone, its gone, so take care of it people.
Tell me about your writing tips, quirks or habits and have you also learnt the hard way?