I have now been writing my Novel for about six weeks and here are a few lessons that I have learnt along the way. If you are an established writer please do feel free to comment your own lessons learned below – I would love to hear them!
1. You are your Greatest Asset and your Biggest Enemy
Develop your inner cheerleader, because if you let self-doubt gain a foothold in your mind, then writing will feel like you are walking through treacle. Be kind to yourself and celebrate even the smallest achievements. If you think you can and you think you can’t, you are right!
2. Keep the Drama Flowing
You love your characters immensely, so the temptation to tell all of their backstory and thoughts with the first quarter of your book is overwhelming. However, your readers don’t love your characters or even know them yet. Keep drama and action as the primary focus in the first few chapters. Give your readers the chance to love your characters, and then later you can show off all the fascinating backstories and inner lives of your beloved characters.
3. Learn all you can about Grammar (no matter how good you think you are)
Unless you have studied the English Language to a high-level, grammar will trip you up when you start writing. I have always been very confident in my skills, but when I started using Grammarly to double check I was appalled with myself. It was a humbling moment. I have since bought a book on English Grammar, and I am amazed at everything I have forgotten! One particular hint I have for you if you are new to writing is to learn to identify and avoid Passive Voice early on – your writing will improve dramatically!
4. Support from other Authors is vital
I cannot underestimate the impact reading the blogs of other new and established writers has made on me. It has been the best source of motivation I have found throughout this process so far. Get yourself embedded in the online community and get all the advice you can!