There are countless tips that I could provide for writers, on various topics. However, today I am covering tips for beginners or those wanting to start that story they dreamt of writing but have no idea where to start. This is for you.
Get in the right mindset
Whether or not you have an idea for a story, getting into the right mindset is important. You can choose to do this by gaining inspiration from other texts, watching television shows or films for reference or creating a designated workspace specifically for writing. This could have notepads, beverages, pens, pencils, inspirational quotes, paper or your favourite stuffed animal!
An abundance of research
Thanks to the internet, any form of research comes in handy. Whether it is blogs dedicated to writing, active forums, writing groups, articles, videos or reserving books at the library. This generation of writers has access to so much information, which has made it easier than ever to receive help when writing.
Do not be afraid to write
Most new writers might think everything has been done before, but it has not been written from your perspective and how you view the world or the one you are creating. What helps me personally when I think of this, is looking for quotes from other writers as inspiration and having them stuck in my workspace or as my home screen wallpaper as a reminder to never give up!
Connect on social media
Meet other writers! I wish I had taken this advice back then, as the road to being a writer can be a rather lonely one, but having someone else there to chat about the complexities of your current work or to send for feedback, definitely helps in the long run. You will grow as writers together.
With writing, there is no deadline, unless you want to enter your piece in a competition, reach the submission period of a certain publisher or want to reach a goal. A piece of writing may take months, even years to complete. It is all about having the discipline to go back to your work and edit it, change things and rewrite scenes until you know you have demonstrated your best work.
Get ready for criticism
Whether you have been writing for years or starting out, you have to eventually get used to the criticism you will receive once you start showing other people your work. It is like any form of art. Not everyone will like it or interpret it the way you have, and that’s okay. Once you are aware of the indifferences, you will start to grow as a writer. Some of the criticism may be feedback or things you overlooked and might even make your work even better!
Read as much as you can
I know this goes without saying, but as a writer, you should be reading a lot. If you want people to read your work one day, you should support others. Even if it is borrowing from the library, then leaving a review on Goodreads or Amazon. A review can go a long way for a book and the writer. Who knows, you may even gain some inspiration or background knowledge for your book?
These tips are geared to help you mentally and physically as a writer, to help you in the start and in the long run. Hopefully, they have been useful and sparked some inspiration. There are so many more tips I could reflect on but these are the main points to get you started as a writer. Now, what are you waiting for? Pick up that pen and paper or open that computer/laptop and start writing!