8 Writing Tips from J. Kowallis

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1- Any idea can be a book. Find yours and start to mold it.

2- Be open to criticism. Both negative and positive. It’s what’s going to polish and groom your writing and help you become the writer you want to be. Your first draft, your second draft, and even your fourth draft will not be perfect. No matter how emotionally attached you are to it. Be willing to learn.

3- Don’t fall victim to “word perfume.” Description is necessary; it paints a picture. But when you’re just throwing in heavily-worded sentences and paragraphs to fill up the page, you’re going to lose your readers. I believe in the KISS rule. Keep It Simple, Stupid.

4- Join a writing group! It can be challenging to find a group of other writers that you trust with your work, but when you do, trust them. They’ll be a great support and learning group.

5- Read. To be a good writer, you have to read. Not only so you’re aware of what works and what doesn’t work in story telling, but so you can see what else is on the market.

6- Other authors and writers are not “competition.” They’re your new best friends.

7- Write. Every Day. Even if it’s only one paragraph.

8- Learn as much as you can, but don’t bind yourself down to “How to Become a Better Writer in 5 Easy Steps” and “Write the Perfect Antagonist.” To a certain degree, some rules are meant to be broken. If you can make it work and your readers engage with your story, you write whatever and however you want to. It’s your work. Nobody else’s.

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