I am constantly asked to provide writing tips so here are a few that have worked for me over the years.

  1. READ. You can’t write if you don’t read.

2.Try to read as many different types of stories by as many different authors as you can.

3. Develop your own style. Don’t copy anyone else’s. Your own voice is individual and unique so don’t be afraid to use it.

4. Try to get into the habit of writing every day. Keeping a diary is an excellent way of doing this.

5. Write from the heart as well as the head. Write about what makes you angry, what moves you to tears, the things about which you feel passionately. If you feel it when you write, others will feel it when they read.

6. Don’t fake it! Don’t write a vampire story for example if you have no interest in vampires because it will show.

7. If your stories run out of steam half way through, try plotting out the beginning, middle and end of your story before you start writing. That way, you’ll know where your story is going and it’s just a question of how you get there.

8. Try creating a biography (3 or 4 pages) for each of your major characters. I find that helps in creating characters who become real, live, living people to me.

Final Tip: When I first started writing, I found joining a supportive writing group invaluable. Friends and family tend to be less objective when it comes to venturing an opinion of your work. But if joining a writing group is difficult, try recording your story onto your computer or a digital recording device or somewhere where you can play it back a few days later to hear what it sounds like. The few days gap is important because that way you’re more likely to hear it as it is, rather than how you expect it to be.

Don’t give up!