Maybe you’re an avid reader, but you also want to share your innovative ideas, plot twists, life experiences, sense of humor, or mastery of page-turning dialog with other readers. Never in history has it been easier or more affordable to become a published author, thanks to the ease of creating a digital, electronic book. If you’d like to try your hand at book writing, here are half a dozen expert tips to help ensure your success.
Practice the Craft
To be a musician you have to practice your instrument, and the same goes for writing. If you want to write, you have to put in the hours and put ink to paper. Most successful authors sit down every day for at least a few hours and work on their craft. The more you do it, the easier it becomes – and the better the quality of your writing will be. You can also take advantage of resources like writing workshops, writer’s discussion groups, online classes, and books about the art and craft of writing. Whatever it takes to get you writing, do it – because to be a writer you first have to write.
Stick to What You Know
Trying to write about subjects that you think readers will like and buy can be a mistake, unless you happen to have a mastery of those specific subjects. When setting out to write a book, make life easier for yourself and more informative and interesting for your readers by writing on subjects you know really well. Even if you’re writing fiction, stick to settings, character traits, and action that is familiar to you. You won’t be forced to simply make up things that make sound fake to your readers, and your books will ring true with genuine authenticity that resonates with readers.
Study Other Authors
Many authors, from the flamboyant Oscar Wilde to award-winning crime thriller writer Elmore Leonard, recommend stealing writing fundamentals from your favorite authors. They aren’t talking about plagiarism. What they mean is that if a writer’s use of grammar, dialog, and their tone of voice appeals to you, learn from that and apply their little tricks to your own writing. Some go in for the sparse, no-nonsense style of Ernest Hemingway, for instance, while others love the wordy prose of authors like James Joyce or Toni Morrison. Find authors you love, and analyze the mechanics of how they write. It will help you find your own uniquely individual voice that emerging new writers may someday use as their own creative Muse.
Use an Editor
One of the biggest mistakes authors make is that they go it alone, without the benefit of an editor. Writing by yourself can be like living inside a bubble or vacuum, and you may not notice glaring mistakes in your own writing because you are so close to it and involved in the process. But a talented editor can spot your strengths and weaknesses and help you take a good book to the level of a great book. You don’t necessarily need to hire an editor. Choose an avid reader who understands the nature of good writing – maybe a family member or friend – and have them read samples of your book and give you valid feedback. That can be a great asset and help ensure that you get your message across in a way that readers will love.
Proof it Twice
Even the best writers make mistakes or typos, but if you leave those blunders in the finished manuscript it will make your writing seem unprofessional. Plus it will interfere with the experience of the reader. Misspellings, bad punctuation, and accidentally omitted words can confuse and annoy readers and force them to backtrack and try to figure out what you’re trying to say. Solve those potential problems before you publish the final draft, by proofreading every word on every page at least twice.
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