I want to do a bit of writing as part of my life when I get out of college, find myself a stable job and all that. I'm mostly looking to write YA fiction. Any authors or hobby-writers want to give me some starter tips to help get a fire under my arse?
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Firstly, it's a good habit to always re read what you just got done writing, ie. Any sentences or paragraphs or pages. To check for errors, misspellings, misgramer etc.. makes it easier.
Secondly, listen to a certain music or watch a certain movie or read certain books to help spark an interest you to start wanting to write about that certain thing and it helps the creative juices when your in the mood for that.
Thirdly, research everything, do decent to good research on any facts you plan on putting into the story so you don't accidentally look silly for mistaking at date or event etc..
Fourthly, listening to relaxing music while writing helps your writing and thinking go smoothly.
If your writing something about a certain time period, listen to music from that time period, helps with the creative juices and helps put you in a state of mind as does watching a documentary or show or movie about that time period so you can picture your characters and story better when writing.
Fifthly, at the least double space each paragraph and indent the first sentence in each paragraph to make it look cleaner.
Sixth, after a charecter speaks, press enter to use the next line, I can't remember the exact reason but that was what they taught in language classes and reading classes and a good amount of writing classes.
Seventh, enjoy your writing, don't pick a story you find dull or no interest in, that's the easier way to get writers block and let me tell you, that block ways a ton. Picking a subject you enjoy keeps the creative juices going and helps you write easier.
Eighth, use descriptive detail, it helps the reader imagine and picture the scene, but not overly descriptive because then they lose interest.
Ninth, when picking a publishing company, do a lot of research on them, for example, past reviews, options authors have on that company, rate of sales, success, how they treat their authors, their small print when signing with them, how honest and fourth right they are etc.. You could easily be burned by the wrong publishing company, I have friends who were burned badly by theirs, Knopf and scholastic are fairly good companies. Also brush up on your bargaining skills, because you could end up with a raw deal and end up making a measly amount Everytime your book sells and end up with crumbs for your royalties.
Lastly, brush up on your interview skills and sales skills, because when your at a publishing company, your pretty much selling yourself and book.1