We have a surprise today, and a special one at that! My friend writefury agreed to a blog hop.
Writefury, or Rosey, is an experienced writer, and an all-round awesome person, so I was thrilled to be able to do this with her. And without any further ado, ROSEY!
Helloooo, Elijah’s blog! I’m Rosey, writefury on my blog, and Cobalt Girl on OYAN.
And being the Old Writer that I am and having written multiple novels over the years, here are some of my best tips for you lil writers just starting out.
My top five tips for beginning writers:
1. Write something that makes you excited
Trust me, how you feel about what you’re writing comes through in the end product. If you’re not having fun and telling the stories you want to tell, I’ll tell you right now you’re not in for a fun career of writing.
Especially when you’re just starting out, just… seriously, take any idea that makes you excited and run with it! Geek out over your own story idea and really get into it. Nobody wins if you just write something you feel like you “have to” and are miserable the whole time.
2. Don’t be afraid to imitate your favorite authors
Right now, you are a smol lump of clay. Your writing voice is yet to be determined and it is you who gets to decide how it will turn out. Dude, that’s a pretty awesome place to be in.
I’m not saying completely go and infringe on a ton of copyrights, but go through some of your favorite books and take notes on what you love. What you think makes that writing style work and what makes you love it… then go give it a try yourself! Make your own writing style something that you’d love to read.
3. Don’t write a complete self-insert
It’s shocking how often this happens to young writers and they think they’re the only ones that thought of it. I’m telling you right now that almost everyone does it and it never turns out well. I am guilty of this myself, and honestly it causes more headaches than it’s worth.
And besides, there’s a much more fun way to put yourself into your writing.
If you’ve got your story being all “well this character right here is me in every way, and then I’ve got the rest of the cast over here and I have no idea what’s going on with them”. That’s kind of an unbalanced way to go at things. BUT, the much more author-approved, fun way to write things is this. Create a bunch of different characters and give each of them a little element of yourself. Something you can relate to on a personal level.
Even your villain. Maybe some of the same hobbies… the same nervous tics… the same beliefs held… anything around that area. Trust me, it’s a lot better to be sort of similar to your whole cast, than “exactly the same” as your main character.
4. Get feedback
Whether it’s family or friends or internet/blog folk, feedback is key. It may not always be encouraging or fun, what people say, but it really is worth it. Getting feedback grounds your writing in reality, to an extent. It’s not just your own private daydreams. Other people can help with critiquing your writing, getting it more polished, or just hearing other people’s thoughts and seeing other people invested in your characters. It’s a rollercoaster on some fronts, but it’s better for you in the end. And the payoff is awesome.
5. Write LOTS
It honestly doesn’t matter what you’re writing. Goofy poems… random short stories… a novel idea you just happened to come up with in the middle of the night… the script to a musical… you name it! Writing skill and speed can only improve with practice and you need to get a lot of it. Just make sure to follow tip one and have fun doing it. ;)
Hope you guys got something out of this! Now, go forth and write, my young minions!
Thank you writefury for sharing your amazing tips!
Head on over to her website https://writefury.com to see more of Rosey's wonderfull-ness, and little old me appearing on her blog!
That's all for today! Have a great Sunday everyone!