In no particular order:
- Write for you, not ‘the market’. Write what you love, then look for readers when you’re finished.
- Put yourself in the scene. Live it, experience it firsthand, then write it.
- Know your world- spend as much time in it as possible. You need to know your world and the people in it as well as you know the world you usually live in.
- Set aside time. Make writing a priority. Close the door, turn off your wi-fi, disconnect from the real world so you can visit your fictional one. Focus.
- Write as often as possible. Schedule as necessary to make this happen.
- Use the little moments of the day to write, plan, think, and create. Use paper and pen, a tablet, a laptop, your phone, a napkin… whatever is available to keep the ideas flowing. If you can’t write a whole scene, leave yourself notes for later.
- Don’t stop until the project is finished. Pause, put it on hold when life gets in the way, but always come back to it.
- Avoid over-planning. Your characters are going to do what they want anyway, so you might as well leave them enough room in your plans to let them.
- Talk about your book. Get excited. Motivation is the key to the success of any project.
- Never give up. If you love to write, then write. Don’t let anyone else’s opinions get in the way. Just keep improving, learning and most of all, writing!
What ‘rules’ do you have for writing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!