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#TheWriteWay Post 14: Beginner Writers + Happy New Year!

First off, Happy New Year!


Goodbye 2020, hello 2021.


My parents and I are getting Chinese food for dinner. It's our New Year tradition every year!


In other news, I finished Astro Academy! Stay tuned for me to announce my new novel next month. As for now, I'm relaxing.


I'll be in bed WAY before New Year's tonight, lol.


For our last post of #TheWriteWay this year, I want to talk about beginner writers. I'm sure someone out there will have the resolution for writing a book for the first time! What are my tips as someone who has written 28 novels, been published, and has an agent?


Have An Outline

Seriously, have some kind of an outline. It doesn't have to have every detail in there, but don't go in blind. You'll end up suffering writer's block or panicking.


Don't Write For a Trend

The market changes constantly. And on average, it takes two years to publish a novel -- and that's AFTER you've signed the publishing contract! Just focus on writing something you enjoy, not something you hope will sell.


Make Use of Google

The Internet is your friend! There are plenty of resources out there that can help you grow as a writer, help you with plot holes, grammar, etc. Try Google, YouTube, Grammarly, Hemingway Editor, and the NaNoWriMo community if you need help.


Read, Read, Read!

I can't express how important it is for a writer to READ. That way, you see what people like and dislike, how a story should be told, and what things to avoid. Plus, it'll give you inspiration and ideas! Read all kinds of genres from all kinds of authors.


Commit

Many people struggle with fulfilling their resolutions, and writing a book is one of them. I get it -- it's hard work. Writing 80k words while balancing a life isn't a small feat. But you CAN do it, so commit to it and set a schedule.


Know Your Work

You need to know your plot, characters, and genre before starting. Consider this: Who are your characters? What do they want? How far will they go to get it? Before writing, make sure you know the genre and age group for your novel.


Best of luck to you! I hope to see many new novels out there one day.


Happy New Year, everyone!


Sincerely,


Dana



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