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10 Top Writing Tips for Young Authors Today
Now is an exciting time for young authors today what with many more new opportunities for young people today than there ever was or used to be for authors "back in the day". This is the day now, especially for young authors because there is more demand for fresh new content, stories, scripts, plays and more that people want to read or read about! And the thing about writing is that everyone can learn how to do it and there could be a work of art masterpiece inside each and everyone one of us! There are many old writers and authors now that are older now probably but started off young with not many writing skills that went on to be a success!
And it all really takes is just starting to be a writer or author! Literally, some people just wake up one day and say, today I'm going to pursue a writing career. Or, today I'm going to start writing a book or a novel or something. And then sit down and actually do it. And sometimes, some of those books and things they write go on to become popular and useful to people and really get around and help you get off the ground in your writing career. That's basically how it work! Give or take a few connections in the right place.
In the right place at the right time.
If you can write, then there could be something like that within you. But unless you sit down and right it out, how will you ever know? And that's a question many successful writers and authors answered by just doing it or at the least, making a start on it to see what happens! And what's the worst that could happen? The injury rate for writers is super low. And that's the thing! Just maintaining a sense of humor! I don't mean in your writing (although that's usually welcomed), I just mean in your mentality towards it. Towards writing a book.
And if you can do that, and you just start on hammering something out, and you finish it and get it out there, and get in the right place at the right time. Have it land on the right persons desk at the right time of the day, then yours could be a success. And the many writers and authors that have been will testify of that!
And if you want that to be you, but you're a young, aspiring writer or author today. Then here's 10 top writing tips for young authors today to help with finding success as a writer and or author.
1. Switch Off The TV!
The TV is the world biggest hypnotist! That oblong box in the corner of the room, or hanging on the wall since most TV's are flat screen TV's today. But the TV is a pure mind suck! It will suck in your mind to whatever is on and completely distract you from the task at hand. Sure, the TV can be useful at times for watching things, programs and shows that inspire you. Sure! But generally, what's on TV is pure tripe and wont really inspire you to write and be a writer/author. So turn off the TV, sit in a quiet room without it being on and you'll be distracted less and write more!
2. Read but Don't Just Read
Every great writer and author through the years of history have read a lot of books. And still keep reading more now. But not just reading them, actually studying them and learning from them. And one of the best ways to become a great writer or author is to read those great books by great authors that have gone before you. Doing so will not only increase your vocabularly but give you a lot of insight into what a great story is structured like and tons of other writing tips as well just by reading and then studying them.
3. Write All The Time
When you write all the time, you're constantly keeping your writing muscles flexed. This is why athletes train all the time. Sure, it's more of a mental thing than a physical thing. But it works the same way. If you stop writing for a long time, or take long breaks in between writing, when you do get around to it, you wont be able to flow as easily and as naturally as you would if you was writing all the time. And when it comes to writing, you are always learning. So keep writing, even if it's just something small every day, to keep those writing muscles (mental muscles) flexed and working at optimum performance.
4. Learn To Write Well
This is another reason why you should keep writing all the time, every day if possible. But by learning to write and write well, people will respect that you've learned to write well and respect you for it as an author. You may already be a great writer that can already write really well. But again, you'll always be learning as-you-go. If possible take some writing classes! You might feel and think that you don't need them. But they will usually always teach you something new about writing that you didn't know before and that can only go on to make you a really great writer, that writes well.
5. Become a Spy
No I'm not talking about working for MI6! But rather just becoming a spy of other authors. I'm talking about spying out those books written by authors that are well known or even know so well known. Read their books and think about how they have done what they've done. Think about their level of writing, learn from them all that you can by spying on other authors. Whether they are authors in the same genre of you or not. It doesn't really matter. The point of it is to spy on them in a way that you can learn something from them which you can use to improve your authorship skills with.
6. Get a Thesaurus
A Thesaurus what's that and why would I need one? When I was growing up, we had a massive Thesaurus and I learned a LOT from it. Even in my teens I would always be using it to look up what some words meant and learn other words from it. It's where I got most of my writing skills from (apart from at school) and it increased my vocabulary exponentially. I knew about words and what their meanings were long before my other peers had even heard of those words let alone what they meant. From the Thesaurus, my vocabulary was bigger and better than their's and I knew it!
Sometimes, for an author, things can seem overwhelming. Especially if and when you have a lot of writing projects going on at once. It can be hard to know what to pick up and focus on and what to put down and drop. When that happens, simplify! By simplifying things, it will make it much easier for you to stay focused on one thing at a time. But I'm not just talking about focusing on one thing at a time to simplify, I'm talking about actually making things easier for yourself. Streamlining your work schedule etc. Anything that makes your writing time simpler is a win win for me!
8. Learn The Rules Before You Break Them
Every industry has its own rules to it. Even the author, writing industry. And as an author, you'll need to learn and know the rules for yours. And you've heard it said before that rules are for breaking. Well that's not really that true since rules are for enforcing. But sometimes, rules can be bent a little before they are broken completely. Learn what the rules are in your genre or niche industry and learn about how you can bend them to your advantage before you actually break them.
9. Learn What Interests People
Once you learn about what sort of things interest people, you will be in a better place to provide them something to read about that really does interest them. There are literally billions of different types of people in the world and they all have their own interests. Some of them share interests too though. Such as some people are only interested to read novels or even autobiographies. Some people are interested in reading about real life things, real life stories etc and some of them are interested to read about horror, thriller or even romance. Learn what interests them and then write about it.
10. Ask for Criticism
One of the best things you can do for yourself as an author, as a way to find inspiration as one, is to ask for and take on criticism! Don't be afraid of it! Sure, some people will over criticise you. And some peoples critics will just be wrong. But don't take offence to it if you asked for it! Instead, learn from it and grow from it. Use it as the steam to power your dreams!
And that's my 10 Top Writing Tips for Young Authors Today.
Do you use any of these tips as an author yourself?
What other tips would you give to young authors of today?