Quick Secrets Every Writer Needs To Know

By on May 13, 2020

So there might not be one big secret that means that the book you are writing will automatically become a bestseller. However, there are still plenty of great insider secrets out there that can help you become a better writer, and enjoy the process a whole lot more too.

Here are some of the most helpful:

Saving your best until last is bad advice for writers. Instead, try your best as soon as you put pen to paper. Put all your eggs in one basket. Spend all your energy. The better you do at the start, the more motivation you'll have to keep going. 

Your beginning is the most important. Make it perfect. It will set the tone for what's to come. A lousy start is damning for your book. 

As a story writer, you must entertain. This, above all else, is important. People read novels for pleasure. Make sure that you make your story entertaining, but include a vital life lesson or two at the same time!

Wallace Stevens wisely said. "Not ideas about the thing, but the thing itself." This is the best way of saying "show don't tell" that we've ever heard, and every writer would b wise to remember it. 

Make sure you find your voice and feel confident and comfortable using it before you start writing. You need to be able to say the things you want to say in your specific, unique, and brilliant way. So work out what your writer's voice is first. 

The story needs to be perfect. Publishers and agents are a lot more forgiving of imperfect content if this is the case. 

Expect writing rules to be confusing and contradictory. Follow the ones that suit you best. 

All good stories have a conflict at their core. If your account has no battle, nothing to fight against, or fight for, you haven't really got a story at all. 

Pay attention. Any error, any inconsistency, any single jarring word, can rip your reader out of the story, and once you've rudely ejected them in this manner, it can be hard for them to get back in. 

Provide your readers with closure. There is nothing worse than finishing a book and feeling cheated of resolution, of conclusion. Make sure you don't do your readers this disservice, or they will be your readers no more. 

Make every sentence interesting. Don't overwrite. Don't use ten words when you can use seven. 

Really, truly understand that revision of your novel may take longer than writing the first draft of it. You won't get it the right first time around. But by the fifth time, you might just have it. 

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