From funny ways to some serious tips –here’s how to write.–
Earlier my inspiration to write incidents came from eaves dropping, like when I went to a café, or a pub, or even while sitting in a metro– or any where public–
I would choose to sit behind or next to people who were talking and eavesdrop on their conversation. At some point I managed to overhear something that made my ears prick up with its oddity or – even better – made me sneer under my breath. Those dialogues I would remember to note down. Sometime later I would write a whole bit of imaginary dialogue around them, add a character, a location, and some more characters and lo and behold had a story to tell. That’s how I managed my earlier two books.
But damn this lockdown!
All focus got limited to explore inner self and to spin out readable stuff. Reflections and recollections became the key.
As memories started pouring from my childhood to my kid’s childhood my writing once again took on. That’s how I came upon my third story, subscribe now and receive your free copy by email.-
If you happen to have some interesting events locked in your memory its time that you unlock them and consider writing them down seriously. To make it seem effortless, I would request that you consider me your coach in your journey to be an author and continue reading -FOR – a few serious tips on writing from me –
And for once break that darn round clock sitting at your bedside table which has the audacity to always come up with a loud clickety-clack sound for everything, even to tell its bedtime.
The only thing that should be your priority now is to follow a writing system. That’s it!
But then what’s a writing system?
Just like you cannot construct your dream house without material, labor and good plans. Similarly, you cannot produce a good book without material, writing and perfecting the craft AND that’s what a good writing system’s all about.
To acquire this most needed “GOOD WRITING SYSTEM” -below are three D’S and the many C’s –
The first D- “Data“
Stay upbeat with below 3C’s as you start-
- Cool- You get this idea brewing for your novel and you are dying to write, but just as a mountaineer needs sufficient tools and supplies to reach the top, so does your book needs to be backed with some great research.Stay cool and stay on top!
- Content– Your story might take place in real-world locations, in that case give readers accurate information about climate, geography etc. Don’t goof up on this!
- Careful- While developing your character have a thorough knowledge of their profession be it a politician or a business man or perhaps an author.Stay ahead on this!
The second D-“Draft“
Construct a plot and then start writing, without stopping and without censoring. Remember to work on your opening sentence and the last one too. With notes and pointers and a rough outline for each chapter just write your draft. Write your draft from the middle if that is what comes pouring out or write the end chapter first, whatever pleases your senses to keep up the pace do that, with the sole objective of building the draft till the very end. For once give up that insane urge to edit, just keep going forward with 3C’s as listed below-
- Create-twists and turns, speculations and suspense, anything to keep the reader hooked till the last word.
- Convey– your message as if you were talking.
- Choose – simple words- it’s easier to take the reader’s imagination along that way.
The third D -“Develop“
Just like a kid playing with piano key board does not make him a skilled pianist, similarly simply writing the draft won’t make you a writer either.You have to develop the skills to make the reader enjoy your draft by honing the next 3C’s-
- Concentrate- on the flow by reading aloud your work many times, align and realign your paragraphs.
- Censor -remove scenes from your writing that takes the reader away from the main plot line.
- Cut -out long sentences and finally make readable short paragraphs.
Last but most important-
Contact an editor- to fine tune your writing. Here is where I come in! (link to services page)
I appreciate the opportunity to play a part in guiding you on your writing journey.And to let you know, I don’t take lightly the responsibility and privilege. Thanks for bringing me along for the ride!
Apps like ‘Evernote’ come very handy for collecting and archiving that too in your mobile but nothing beats a pen and paper for jotting down thoughts and sketching out ideas. Therefore always carry a notebook!
Author: Babika Goel
Babika Goel as a successful author has coached many a budding writers due to her varied experiences and exposure to culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse countries.
An architect, she has spoken at regional and national conferences and has been featured in many publications. She enjoys maintaining her blog Builded.in, for her Architect fraternity & has authored many an articles related to her profession in magazines & journals from very early years of her career.
Founder of Authorsonline.in, Babika is passionate about helping aspiring authors identify their best opportunities in the market.
You can email her at B@authorsonline.in or reach out personally on her Instagram handle – Authorsonline.