This is not an exhaustive list of tips by any means. It was what sort of came off of the top of my head as I was trying to answer the question. Of course, there is so much more that goes into writing than these few tips. I'm sure for every author it is a little different.
I personally write about things from my experience and what I have been through. My life has had to deal with horrific abuse, trauma and torture, and so I write from those aspects. Through my own healing, I've learned so much that is often not discussed in our day. I use this knowledge to write my books and blog posts.
I try to be authentic and I also work at allowing my own vulnerability to show through because I think that is what people connect with in the words I write. It is something they can identify with and accept.
So, I would say - write about what speaks to you and what your heart knows or longs to share. Write from the heart in anything you do because you will connect with others.
I read a lot of books, both fiction and nonfiction and try to learn as much as I can. I study what others do and learn from that. My writings and books are my way of helping myself to continue my own healing process in this life. In many ways, I think books of all types are that for the author. They allow the author to explore areas that they might not otherwise get to do.
Most days, I just write. I allow myself to write. I give myself the time and space to do it. When I do the initial writing, I do not worry about punctuation and spelling and grammar. I just want to get my thoughts down.
Then I go back through it and start working the concepts to be more clear and I begin working on the editing. When I think I've got it, I give it another run through. Fortunately I have a friend that helps me with the final editing and grammar part, trying to pick up things I missed.
In the end, what I write is something I want that will connect with others and communicate the points I'm trying to make. I want it to challenge and move people in a direction where they discover a little more about themselves than they knew existed. I want it to be full of compassion and respect, because without those things, it is merely words on a page.
So what tips do you have for new writers?
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