To be a book seller (get it!) I need a list of tips to help motivate, encourage, inspire, and make me a better writer! Because I WILL eventually be a published author for a career. I can feel it!
Little tips are always helpful to me :) There are millions of tips out there, but after looking through a bunch here are a few:
1) Never give up! Rejections can be used to make your work better. Keep going. Never stop writing (and improving your writing).
2) Write a lot. Write every day. Even if you don't feel like it, try, you can write about not wanting to write.
3) Read a lot. Read in your genre, read other genres, read good books, bad books, lots of books! Find what you think works and what doesn't and learn from it! You can think about your writing while you read others' writing.
4) Be a Beta reader or a critique partner. Your writing will improve when you help others improve. (This one is SO true, and I never knew it before last year or so.)
5) Edit! Revise! Edit! - This one is harder for me. I always want to jump into a new story before my last one is polished. But true editing and polishing makes the difference between a writer and an author, so put in the work. Edit your manuscript. Then have people read it and point out what you've missed. Edit it again. And then reread and revise it once more.
6) Have fun! Write what you like, and like what you're writing. If you hate what you're putting together, if it's change and now you aren't having fun... Do major edits or even start over. Get back to loving your project. If you don't like writing it who the heck will have fun reading it?
7) For me plot is huge. Plot can get me through bad, bad writing. Make sure your plot is amazing.
8) Increase your vocabulary. Do it by reading, studying, or even just buying a word of the day calendar. The more words you know the better your writing is. Repetitive words get annoying to read. Thesauruses are great, but don't plug in a word you don't already know.
9) Have interesting characters. They don't have to be likable (lots of mine Really are nasty) but make them super interesting!
10) If you're not good with grammar find someone who is to help you edit. Pay an editor if you're willing. It will be a huge investment. You won't regret it! I used Sherman Writing Services: http://bit.ly/1fWOHmC
11) Show don't tell. I read an amazing article with suggestions from the amazing Chuck Palahniuk, which of course I can't find right now, but he reminds writers instead of saying how something is true show it. Be in a debate proving your case detail by detail. Make the reader feel it and realize it on their own. Good dialogue can do this too. Palahniuk excels in a type called dangerous writing, and it's very show versus tell.
Wait! I found the article: http://nedhardy.com/2013/08/05/a-few-amazing-writing-tips-from-chuck-palahniuk/
Also about dangerous writing if you're interested: http://bit.ly/IFR6DT
12) Learn the rules. Then break them sometimes.
13) Make writer friends. Collaborate, workshop, brainstorm, help each other get better. The writing community is amazing! Use it.
14) DON'T ever bite the hand that feeds you. Keep your frustrations to yourself or at the very least off social media. Don't bash any agent, or publisher, or any member of the writing community publicaly. Ever. Don't do it. It will most likely bite you in the ass. You'll regret it. The publishing world is small, and you will burn bridges so quickly. Be nice. Use what your mama taught you and don't say anything if you can't say anything nice!
15) Do what feels right. Follow your heart. An agent or publisher will give you suggestions (betas and CPs too) but remember that it's your book, your vision, only do what you think is right.
16) Write on! Happy writing :)
Any other tips you love and I missed? Please share!