I was recently sent this from a fellow writer. It comes from Lucy Clark (I hope this is the right Lucy Clark), a romance writer.
5 Tips To Writing Your Novel by Lucy Clark (with added comments by me)
1. If you don’t write your story, who will? (Seems basic, but it is the basis of all writing. You have a story – you, no-one else. Write it. It’s your story. Write it.)
2. Procrastinate… but then write. (And that’s what it comes down to – if you want to write eventually you are going to have to, you know, write.)
3. You make time to go to the gym, work, sleep, socialise, so why not make time to write? (And this is something that gets me. So many people say to me, “I want to write, but I can’t find the time.” Well, as Lucy Clark says, if you can find the time for everything else, then you can find time to write.)
Research is MASSIVE and time-consuming and from all the info you collate, you’ll condense it to two lines in your story. (I sort of covered this in my Write What You Know post, but this is something else. Even though you might know what you’re talking about, it doesn’t mean you have to dump it all at your reader to show that you have done your research. This is something I’d forgotten. Research is vital to make sure your story works – even though in some books that are wonderful, the research is lacking – but you don’t have to browbeat your reader with your new-found knowledge.)5
. Give yourself permission to write a ‘vomit’ draft (get it out of you). You can fix a bad page but you can’t fix a blank page. (Couldn’t have put it better myself. That’s what second drafts are for.)
Some more great advice from another writer. Can’t beat it.