I’m not the only writer in the family. I have not one, not two, but three cousins that have also published. My sister has jumped on the bandwagon too and is in the midst of writing to someday publish. As you can imagine when I talk to my sister the conversation often turns to writing. Since she’s still in the getting to a completed manuscript phase, she often asks me about my process. I share my techniques and encourage her to find what works for her. As she is one of my biggest cheerleaders she often says I should teach a class on it. Well, that’s not going to happen because who has that sort of time? Between my EDJ (evil day job), two children, a husband, writing, and various craft projects I surely don’t. What I do have time for is to post a few tips every now and then for aspiring authors.
Some of my techniques aren’t mine. I’ve just picked them up along the way from other authors and websites then tailored them. I’ll kick things off with the most important tip. If you follow this number one rule I promise you will get from once upon a time to they lived happily ever after. Or from dead body shriek to who done it if that’s what floats your boat. Or from A long time ago in a galaxy far far away to...does science fiction have endings or just sequels? At any rate, the rule you need to follow to complete a novel in any genre is:
That’s all it takes. Just write. Granted just writing isn’t easy, it can seem like climbing Mount Everest in flip-flops at times. Whether it be finding time or writer’s block, there are things that make just writing hard (I’ll talk about those things in later posts). If you climb the novel writing with frequency, it’ll begin to feel like a hill.
Even if you think the writing is crappy, keep writing. You’ll read what you’ve written and one of two things will happen. The writing will be better than you thought while writing and your writing confidence will be boosted because you’ll see how phenomenal a writer you are. Or, the writing will be just as bad as you thought but there will be a few little gems in there for you to polish to a bright shine. Remember too, the more you write, the better your writing becomes.