If you haven’t looked at part one of this post then it would be a great idea to go and check it out now and bring yourself up to speed with the ideas in it. Basically I’m offering a little advice and showing you some of the common mistakes that can be made when you write books.
How to keep writing!
I’m sure you’ve all heard of writer’s block, and I would imagine some of you have even suffered its dreadful effects first hand. However, there are answers out there at your disposal and you’re in luck because I’ve got a few ideas for you.
Write every day.
When writing your book you need to develop a habit of writing; this is more so important when you’re writing fiction books than anything else, simply because, as you may have read in the previous post, you need to be consistent. If you decide to write each evening at a certain time then stick to it. You need to stick to this habit no matter what you do because pretty soon this is where your writing talent will truly develop; simply because this is the time you have allotted for it to blossom.
Write everything and anything.
Your book won’t write itself, so when you can’t think of how to progress your novel in the allotted time you’ve given yourself, write anything and everything! This is very important because it trains your mind to write at a certain time.
When I say anything I literally mean it too; all writing is good writing if you want to see your books for sale in a bookstore. Many good books have been born from a writer’s thoughts when they haven’t been particularly concentrating on the project they set their mind to completing.
This is not only an excellent way to find new ideas; it’s also great for defending against writer’s block, since effectively you are writing!
Keep a journal of everything you do, everywhere you go and everything you see. This is probably one of the most important things to do if you ever want to see your books for sale online or in a bookstore. Your journal can keep some or all of the following records in it:-
- Photographs. If a particular place has made you feel a particular way and you need to portray this is your book then take a photo of it. This is also useful if you’re out and about and you see something you’ve never seen before. A good trick for writers of fiction books is to attempt to describe something they can see but no-one else can.
- Diary entries. Just simple things like diary entries about what you have been doing can be very useful; if not for the project you’re working on, they may be needed in the future for various things. Remember that a writer uses anything and everything to get their book written.
- Interviews. You can write down any conversations you’ve had with various people who may be involved with what you’re writing about in some way. Getting someone else’s opinion on a point of interest in your book during your research can help enormously and often help develop characters and their personalities; many authors base the personalities of their main protagonists and characters on people they know or have met.
- Any other thoughts that you have are valuable. You must never forget this, even though they might seem strange at the time. An author will never get their books for sale online or in a bookstore unless they are honest with themselves and write how they feel. Don’t be too contrived!
Just these few pointers should help you develop the hints I included in the first part of this post; I hope your writing goes well and is as fulfilling as it can be.