Official Blog of the author of The Lost Boys Trilogy published by Random House.
#1 Tip: TAKE IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD!
Don’t just have this amazing idea and do nothing about it. Write that story down.
Ideas that stay only in your head don’t become anything unless you put it out there, make that idea happen, take it out of your mind and into the paper.
If you don’t act, a potential story is just stored energy that’s sitting there in your brain doing nothing.
#2 Tip: FIND YOUR MOJO!
Find the thing that helps your mental juice flowing, it can be anything:
Taking a long bath, walking in the park in the afternoon, reading books, seeing movies, talking to friends, etc.
Find that one thing that will bring you new ideas, that inspires you and gets you excited about writing. For me is music.
Find your mojo and get writing!
#3 Tip: FINISH YOUR STORY!
Don’t start writing something and abandon it mid way.
Unfinished stories are like unfinished strawberry pies. It’s a damn shame to see a good story go to waste.
The same goes for the pie.
#4 Tip: SHOW IT OFF!
A story tucked in the drawer is not good for anything.
If you keep it hidden, is the same as if you haven’t even written it in the first place.
Tell the world about your story, let people read it, take a risk, show it off!
I took a chance and got a publishing deal out of it. You might as well, but you certainly won’t if you keep your story only to yourself.
#5 Tip: BE PREPARED!
Remember that once you put your story out there, you might receive bad critics and harsh words, and may I remind you that trolls live in plenty out there in the world.
So be prepared for the hard blows that may come.
Grow a thick skin to the feedback, but not a thick skin that could get in the way of your perception of the world. You can’t grow insensitive to everything because your sensitivity is what you’ll use (and is the main fuel) to write your stories.
Just have in mind that some people can be destructive just for the pleasure of seeing you crumble, you have to learn how to deal with them and never let them destroy the love you have for writing.
#6 Tip: DO IT BECAUSE YOU LOVE DOING IT!
Don’t do it because of fame, recognition or only for the money.
Do it because you love to write and because you have a story to tell and you need to pour it out, otherwise it will drive you mad if it is stuck in your head.
Do it for you, do it because it is something you love doing.
Do it with love. And you will be already in a good direction.
#7 Tip: DON’T KEEP WAITING FOR INSPIRATION!
Writing is a brain exercise. And like any other exercise, you can’t keep waiting for the right mood to do it, or you’ll never get anything done (see Tip#3).
You have to practice (writing) every day, no matter what.
The more you get your brain working daily, the more it will come more naturally and more effortlessly to you.
Write every day= Exercise your brain daily.
#8 Tip: WRITE THEN EDIT!
After you have finished writing your story, it is very important to reread it a few times and edit as you go along. I like to think of this stage as the ‘sewing stage’:
It is the moment when you grab all the big pieces of fabric of your story and stitch them all together in the right order.
And while you’re stitching them up, make sure you get the loose ends out, and cut the pieces that are not really necessary to the book.
Polish your writing until it’s shining like the diamond it deserves to be.
#9 Tip: DON’T WORRY!
Don’t worry about what genre your story is going to be, what tag it is going to have, what shelf in the bookstore it is going to be placed.
Leave that for later, when your book is finished and ready to go. Your editor or agent can help you in that part of the process. Worrying where and how your story will be marked, the audience you’ll have to entertain, etc, can be a road block for your creativity.
Just write the story you want to write.
#10 Tip: ENJOY!
Enjoy/love what you do. (This tip goes for every profession you choose for yourself).
If you love what you do, it won’t feel like a heavy burden to you.
It will only bring you happiness. 🙂
That’s my #10 Tips to you!
Hope it helps!