1. Write every day. Your brain is a muscle and it needs to be worked. If you can’t imagine spending another second writing the dialogue in your novel, then write a poem or a letter to your far-away friend. Whatever it is, just write.
2. Read. You can’t write unless you read. In order to write an excellent novel, you need to understand the magic that reading a good book make you feel.. Without that magic, your book will be a bust. Know what you want the final product to be before you start.
3. Have a thesaurus. Seriously, it will be your best friend. When you use the same words over and over again you’ll sound like a broken record and lose the reader. Keeping the wording fresh keeps your novel from getting dull and will keep the reader hooked and interested.
4. Have an audience in mind. I’ve seen far too many query letters that say “My novel is a science fiction based young adult book with traces of romance and a mysterious side that lends to the horror element of the story.” What? You can’t combine so many genres and still have a novel that makes sense. If you’re writing for Young Adults, don’t make it horror and romance. Sure love is common in novels for young adults, but the actual romance genre is not for young adults. Pick two at most.
5. Most writers keep a notebook and a pen with them at all times so that they can write down all of their amazing ideas as soon as they hit. If you’re like me, you won’t remember to do this. What I do instead id keep a note open on my phone. I have my phone on me at all times so this is a good alternative to pen and paper.
6. Write the frame of your story before you edit. Get all the way through your book before you try to proofread and edit. Your book will be short, uninteresting and probably have a lot of grammer mistakes. After you have the frame done, go through and add detail. Scenery, character descriptions, everything. Then go through two more times and do the same thing. Then you can call it your first draft.
7. Get to know your fellow writers. Every writer should have a social networking device to gain fans and followers of their work. Become one of them, and join the supportive community. Build your writer’s platform!
8. Write full character bios. For each character you introduce, you need to write a full bio about their past, present and future. Write every feature of their appearance and every quirk they have. How do they talk? Do they have an accent? What color hair? Your characters are real people, so get to know them.
9. Don’t panic. Sometimes weeks go by without a good idea reaching me. My writing feels boring and lifeless. My confidence is in the ground and I feel like I’ll never be successful. I just suck it up and I write anyway. The phase doesn’t last forever and as soon as I get back in my groove it all gets better.
Just remember – your brain is one of a kind. Your ideas are all your own and you can do anything as long as you put you mind to it, so don’t give up!