How I Write

Like most traditionally published authors, I am a writer with a day job. Such is the nature of this industry, even being traditionally published does not guarantee a decent enough income upon which to survive! This means when I write, I write when I can, usually early mornings and late evenings and almost all weekends.

I am lucky however to work from home, which means that when the ideas and words are following, there’s no commute or irritable boss breathing down my neck!

Below are my tips for budding and fellow writers to help things flow along a little easier.

 

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  • Always carry a notepad

    You never know when that idea will come to you. I always have to hand a notepad to jot down ideas they are never lost. I think it was writer Will Self who said an idea will hang around for five minutes before it goes. Just enough time to be scrawled into your little black book.

  • Defined Working Times

    When I am working on a project, I make a point of working to a strict timetable and schedule. This is usually between the hours of 7 and 9am and 8 and 11pm. Five hours a day means you can move a manuscript on fairly quickly. I make of a point of sitting there, even if the words aren’t coming. The brain can be a stubborn beast and sometimes you need to be stubborn back.

  • Find your environment

    My favourite places to write are coffee shops, pubs and cars (don’t ask). I have an office at home, where I do the majority of my writing, but whenever I get stuck or am in need of inspiration, I’ll seek out one of my preferred environments and work there. I also find a good walk or run in the countryside always helps to shake things up.

My Tools

My Most Important Tools

People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.

R.L. Stine

The Three Rules for A Writer

How To Perfect Your Art and Writing

Write A Lot

Quite simply, the more you write, the better you will get at it. Your characters will improve, your plots will develop better and, most importantly, you’ll also learn a lot more about yourself.

Read A Lot

Read everything and anything. Don’t just reading the genre you love. Read good stuff to inspire you and bad stuff to make you feel better about your own talents. Read novels, short stories, comic books. Just read.

Share your ideas

Your writing will improve the more you do it. But don’t take this lonely journey alone. Join a writing group, share your ideas, listen to people who’ve been in this industry a long time. My monthly writing circle group is the shot in the arm I need to keep striving.