Writing Tips

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Write. Write. Write.

Write every day if you can. If you’re serious about getting published, then you may need to sacrifice some television or internet time etc to write. And don’t worry about making it perfect the first time through. Seriously. That’s what revisions are for.

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Read. Read. Read.

Not only are your favorite authors a source of entertainment, but they’re also a wealth of information. Learn from them. Pay attention to their use of language, plotting and grammar.

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Set goals.

Start off with small ones, like a daily or weekly page count goal. Then, as you meet and surpass your goals, set higher ones. You’ll have days where meeting them will be a challenge, but try not to be too hard on yourself if it just doesn’t happen. Staying positive, determined and disciplined are key.

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Learn your craft.

Wanting to be a writer isn’t always enough. Most writers improve their writing by reading articles, attending workshops and joining group discussions. Just don’t let yourself get too sucked in to how to write to the point you’re too busy researching to actually get any writing done.

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Forget unlocking the mystery.

There is no magic secret to writing a book. If there was, everyone would write. Writing is hard work on a good day and close to impossible on a bad one. There is no easy way or short cuts, and what works for another writer won’t necessarily work for you. The only way to reach “The End” is to write one word and then another and then another…

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Writing Websites/Forums/Workshops

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Charlotte Dillon
eHarlequin
Romance Divas
Romance Writers of America
Romantic Times Master Class
The Passionate Pen
The Writing Workshop

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