Tips for Aspiring Authors [#2] Write

Tip #2 Write

You have a story and you want to tell it. Write it down. You have to or it’ll be just like wanting to tell someone good news, but no one is around for you to tell.

Feed the need to share.

First, write to get it out of your system. Don’t worry about it being good. What you write may not be perfect; actually, it isn’t.

Not yet.

The first draft is usually very rough. Do whatever you need to do to get it out of your system.

Feed the need to share


It may end up being only a few pages and you’re thinking, now what?

Line it out, I say. Make an outline. What is the point of your writing? What message are you trying to convey? Does your story have a beginning, a middle and an end? What happens in each section? Is there action? Is there dialogue? What is going on? Write that down.

Find a special time of day to write. Is there a special place where the literary juices flow better? When I wrote my first novel, Brotherly Love & Betrayal, I got up each morning at 5 o’clock. The story burned in my mind as I slept. I dreamed about Donnie, Crystal and Stephen. They were with me throughout the day and would bother me all day long. There were times when I couldn’t enjoy a normal lunch hour because they wanted to tell me their story. I would go to my car just to get out of my office during lunch and write. Sometimes I drove across town and sat in the post office parking lot, just to have a change of scenery. After I returned to work, I felt good, like I’d actually accomplished something.

In fact I had.

What are you waiting for? Tell your story. Write.

Suggestion: Keep a recording device with you for those moments when you must write something down, but can’t. There are even free iPad and Android apps for dictation. I have Dragon Dictation on my iPhone and my tablet–perfect for those stuck-in-traffic moments and when your characters take on a life of their own and want to tell you every move they make.

Start writing.

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