#WriterstipWednesday : Authors share their #writingtips

Hi folks! Today is the first instalment of the writing advice jewels that authors are going to pour out of their experience bags onto this blog.

Devika Fernando, author of contemporary and paranormal romance novels gives this valuable tip:
“Make the 1st sentence of each chapter special. it has to make the reader want to rush ahead to know what will happen in the chapter, just like a book’s very first sentences should always be attention-grabbers.”

A voracious reader and a passionate writer, Ruchi Singh aims to create an entertaining, interesting experience for the reader through her stories. She says, “Master the grammer/ punctuation rules and use them right from the first draft, it will save time in the end, with less errors while proof-reading.”

Writing tip #3 is from Maya Tyler who has recently published her debut paranormal romance novella Dream Hunter. “Just like in singing, make a joyful noise! Drafts don’t have to be perfect – just written!”

Sheritha Singh, South African writer who lives on the Kwa-Zulu Natal North Coast, shares, “Write in a voice you’re comfortable with. If you’re having trouble writing a scene then write that particular scene in first POV. It helps layer the scene with emotion and see it through the character’s eyes. I’ve done that many times. Although most of my published work is written in first POV, I’ve had work published in third POV as well. Writing in first POV helps get inside the character’s head as well.”

Last but not least, here’s my writing tip:
“Don’t hold back on dialogue. Conversations are the best way to get into your character’s head. What they say, whether it is in concordance with what they think or how they act, will lead us directly into their conflict and thus make us turn the page.”

Did you find these suggestions useful? Do you have something to contribute? Looking forward to hearing from you.

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#writerstipwednesday

I have been meaning to start a writerstipwednesday section on this blog for a long time. Since the first thing to be done in the New Year should be taking care of old matters, so I’m taking the plunge on this today.

writerstipwednesday is for writers. And especially for aspiring authors. In true sense, an author is always aspiring as long as they are writing but I use the term to mean as yet unpublished writers. But which ever phase of writing you fall in, you must have gleaned some experiences so this section is to put forward the lessons from those mistakes so others may profit from them.

All you have to do is message/email me your writing tip. It can be about any stage in the writing process, grammar, writing craft, writing art, publishing, marketing, reader engagement….anything related to writing. It need not be in a highly polished or formal state though of course it should be understandable. It can be of any length upto 350 words. I’ll post your tip along with your one important link – your site link or book link or anything you like.

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So get ready and sharpen your pencils – or dust of your keyboards – as the case maybe. Pour out the gems the world is waiting to hear from you. Especially that writer who’s stuck staring at the blank screen. Think, what could help that writer do better? One tip per writer per Wednesday. That’s the only rule. It means, don’t bombard me with writing advice. Just give me one very helpful, sparkling, scintillating, earth shaking insight into writing. That will be the sword that magically tears up the giant evil monster to bits. We are all struggling with various monsters during writing, so the wordy swords from you will be very welcome.

You can comment in the box at the ‘About me’ page on this blog to contribute to writerstipwednesday. Thank you. Wish you a rocking year ahead. Wish this year brings us the discovery of a pizza which actually reduces your weight when you eat it. And similar varieties of chocolate, aloo tikki….you get my drift 🙂

Happy New year. Go grab your dreams and help others in theirs.

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