Tip #5

You have no idea how heavy an unfinished manuscript draft, long or short, can weigh on you. The first draft especially. This is probably my most often given advise: Finish it.

Just spit it out there. Good, Bad, or Ugly. As long as the last word of that draft is done, even if it devolves into nothing but an outline at the end.

I’ve said before to celebrate the milestones. And this is a big one. Suddenly it’s out of your head. The weight’s off your shoulders. You can breathe easy again. And you definitely deserve that!

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Tip 4

Just as the beginning of your story is important, so is your ending. Perhaps more so. It’s what brings your reader back for your next story. It needs to be strong, crisp, and memorable. It needs to make your reader hungry for more.

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Tip #3

Books  about writing tell you you need to hook your reader by the end of the first 3 chapters. Really? Doesn’t that seem a bit long to you? I mean, if the first paragraph bores you, what are the chances you’ll read the second one? Or even buy the book?

Every paragraph should pull the reader to the next one. Every sentence should entice and draw the reader deeper into the book. Else, why read the next sentence, even?

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Tip #2

I think many writers get stuck on writing the “Correct” way. There is no correct way, except as how it works for YOU. Writing is as individual a process as the writer. Some people begin at the beginning and march all the way through the story until it’s done. Some writers hop to different scenes as they envision them, and then tie them together at the end. Still others begin at the end and go backwards.

Whatever works.

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