Top 5 Tips For Newbie Writers
Updated: Jun 11
So the UNTITLED. Meet The Author session took place yesterday and I want to thank everyone from #untitledbc for being such amazing peeps!
Since we only had 25 minutes to talk about A LOT of stuff, I figured I'd share my Top 5 Tips For Newbie Writers here in greater detail.
So . . . here goes!
# 1 Create your own, unique workspace.
You don't need an expensive, fancy desk or room full of books, guys. If you like to write on a notebook while watching Netflix, that's fine. Maybe get one of those portable table/tray things.
Don't follow other people lah. Find your own spot that works for you!
# 2 Make writing a habit.
Many writers end up being hangat-hangat tahi ayam. We all go through that phase. It's normal. But if you want to finish something you're writing (novel, short story, screenplay, poem . . . it doesn't matter) then you have to change your habits. Or create new ones.
One thing I did that has worked for me: wake up at 5am and start writing/rewriting/editing and stop at 7am before I get ready for work. Those small hours in the early morning are so peaceful! The best part: there are ZERO distractions.
But you don't need to write for 2 hours a day. Just start with 30 minutes, then gradually invest more of your time into it.
# 3 Understand that writing requires skill, NOT talent.
Many readers who are thinking about becoming writers feel that they're not talented enough. You, yes you. I'm talking to you. But I'm talking to myself, too.
The more I write, the more I've realized that it is less about talent and more about dedication. You see, writing is a process: drafting, rewriting, editing, proofreading, etc.
Just start, try to finish it, and learn what you don't know along the way. Even if you think you lack language skills (English or BM, it applies to all languages) you can still learn the finer points by READING. A. LOT.
See point # 5 below.
# 4 Learn to edit your own writing.
I'm lucky to be an editor in my day job, but not everyone gets this opportunity professionally. It's fine! Just learn by using apps such as Grammarly
Use apps like Grammarly to spot your weaknesses. It could be grammar, spelling, tenses, etc. Don't worry about these English teacher words: just learn to keep your writing clean so that you won't have to spend so much time cleaning it later on.
Another cool site is Word Hippo. I use it lot, mostly to look up synonyms and terms.
# 5 READ. READ. READ.
I cannot emphasize this enough. Eat books. Breathe books. Use your books as pillows when you go to sleep at night. I don't care. Just read religiously!
If I could use an outrageous analogy, it would be this: for every 1 page you intend to write, read 100 pages.
You'll also find out that the more you read, the easier it becomes for you to transform your ideas and thoughts into words, into proper sentences that make sense to other people.
P.S. I'd be glad to discuss and share more tips! Look for me on IG @jaipatelauthor