Created: 28 Apr 2014 at 12:06 PM

Useful Tips for First-Time Writers

Very often we can hear from writers that they know there is a great book inside them, but they don’t know how to get it out. Therefore, we provide some great tips to help get writers get out their first book.

  • Create an Outline before You Write. Before starting to write, every author needs to get in the right mind space. This implies banishing self-doubts in order to create freely. For beginning, just focus on telling your story, without worrying too much about creating a masterpiece. Why is outline necessary? For the same reason you need a map or GPS device for your trip, you also need to chart your book’s course. The outline might be chapter by chapter, or general overview of the story. Outline not only helps to get started but also keep you moving throughout the story line.
  • Use the Active Voice. Make sure you’re using the active voice in your writing. There's lack of confidence in author's work when he/she uses passive voice. In such cases, the writing may lack some energy or take a lot of words to convey some idea. This is because in the passive voice the action happens to the subject, while in active voice it's vice versa. That is why, sentences written in the active voice are more concise, clearer, and won’t lose the reader halfway through. Readers just can’t put down such piece, and find it especially authoritative.
  • Avoid any Kind of Clichés. Every writer wants to be better. The question is how to keep yourself on the successful path to self-publishing without resorting to worn-out metaphors? The answer is quite simple, you should start with forgiving yourself. Every writer might come to using clichés ocassionally. This is especially true when he/she is tired, it’s late, and the right words just don't come to your mind. There is no need to worry. Still, it is important to edit the writing after it's finished in order to get rid of useless words and give it a fresh look. If some words sound too familiar, just rewrite this part in the unique way.
  • Learn to Distinguish Writing from Editing. It often happens that an author sits down to write but first decides to take a look at what he/she wrote during the last session…and see some part that definitely needs editing. Then another part. And a few more. In the end, a writer is stuck in between writing and editing what was already written. It goes without saying that editing while you write is one of the most destructive practices. The problem is that writers slow themselves down. Separating editing and writing into two individual steps in the overall writing process frees authors to write faster and more creatively.
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