“To be a successful fiction writer you have to write well, write a lot … and let ‘em know you’ve written it! Then rinse and repeat.” ― Gerard de Marigny
1. Write daily.
Find a comfortable place where you will find the quiet mood in which the imagination flourishes. It can help you reduce the number of potential distractions that may come on the way.
2. Read daily -
Reading improves your skills, strengthen your talent, and explore different genres, styles, and techniques. So find time to read different types of books as much as you can and learn about various styles and finally write in your unique style.
3. Be observant-
Always be observant of the people, their behaviour, their dialogues and the place you are surrounded with. You will get wonderful ideas for your writing from these simple observations.
4. Keep a note -
Keep a journal or notebook with you to note down as the ideas come to you. These days instead of a notebook, you can use a smart phone which has a notepad. If you are more comfortable with voice recording keep such an app on your smartphone so that you can use it for immediate recording.
5. How to write -
Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs. Once you get more comfortable with just getting started don't bother about grammar, just continue writing your first draft even if it is a rubbish work. At this stage, the flow of writing is important.
6. Opening Paragraph -
Take enough time to write the first opening paragraph of your story. Everyone knows that the opening line is a crucial invitation, something that can make or break a reader’s interest in a book. So it is important to spend time to work on this area.
7. Edit your work -
Editing is when we strengthen story, sentences, and paragraphs. The more editing you do, the better you get at it. Keep a grammar book with you to do it better. The most crucial aspect of editing is reviewing every single word and examining the written work at the word, sentence, and paragraph levels. Don't hesitate to delete unnecessary filling words. Having someone else to look over your work can help a lot.
8. Proofread -
Proofread your work at least three times before submitting it for publication, and remove any unnecessary adjective words. Also check the consistency of names of characters, time gap etc with utmost attention.
9. Start a blog -
A blog can be of great help. Use it to talk about your own writing process, share your ideas and experiences, or publish your work to a reading audience. Build a platform. You may get various suggestions and ideas from your readers and consider or ignore them as you feel necessary.
10. Title of the story -
Finally, give enough time to choose the correct title for your story. It should be inquisitive to attract the reader to read your story, and at the same time an appropriate title should tell the story about what is it about.