More tips for writers: setting yourelf up.
4 June, 2011 | By Goldie Alexander
The points I mention below are relevant to all kinds of writing whether it be fiction, non fiction, writing for adults and/or youngsters. Though many may seem obvious, considering them could be useful.
Setting Yourself Up.
• Ask yourself: why am I writing this? Give yourself a good reason and then stick to it.
• Who are you writing it for? Yourself? Your children? The general public?
• If you still feel the urge to write, ignore those friends and family who will actively discourage you because they are worried you might fictionalise them.
• Establish a time for writing and stick to it in spite of other commitments.
• Establish a comfortable place to write and keep to it.
• Will you handwrite your story or type into a computer? If you plan to publish this it will have to end up on a computer file.
• Join a library and look up other work in the same genre
• Haunt bookshops for the above.
• Decide on some limit for your book. For example, when I wrote ‘The Youngest Cameleer’ I decided to stop at the discovery of Uluru because this is what William Gosse’s expedition is most noted for.
Above all talk less and write more. Too many would be writers spend too much time discussing their work and too little time actually doing it. Too many say ‘I’ve got a book in me,’ and that’s as far as they go. Are you one of them?
Thanks for the great tips, Goldie. It can be so easy to get caught up with the internet, blogging, and networking that it ‘s easy for writer’s today to get distracted. Thanks for the reminder to stop talking about writing and just write.
Good to hear from you Renee. Guess we all have to keep at it.
Hi Goldie! Just happened upon your blog and so glad I did!
Great tips. I have been writing for a couple of years now – just short stories (two of which I’ve had published in Woman’s Day).
I am now working on a YA novel and loving it! What a wonderful journey to bring your characters alive – I wake up most mornings with more details about their past or what they like or don’t like!
Love the blog – I’ll be back!
Good for you, Jenny. Glad you like my blog. Warning: wriitng can become an addiction!!!!
Good luck with your YA novel.