Writing can be both fun and exhausting. It is fun because you can use your imagination fully during the writing process. But it can also be exhausting because there are so many ways that you can commit a mistake during the writing process. This is especially true if you are writing a book, because your work will be under the reader’s power to peruse and judge. Which is why you should be careful in how you write and what writing advice you should use. Here are some well-known book writing tips that you should ignore.
- You can be a writer without being published
Although it is true that you can be a writer without being published, but without being published you won’t be able to reach your full potential as a writer. Although you can write in your journal or create articles for magazines and blogs, being able to write and publish a book is still the highlight of a writer’s career. By being published you can not only cross a writing threshold, you can also show the world your work. Being a published author is every writer’s dream and is the culmination of all your hard work.
It can also be the beginning of great things for you. If your book is well received new avenues in writing are opened to you. With a good reputation you can write new books and have a better standing with critics. You can even start a book series. In short being a published writer has a lot of perks and in the end is all worth it.
- Have a writing schedule
The main problem with having a writing schedule is the fact that it can be difficult to stay focused in the long run. This is especially hard to follow if you are writing a book. This is because inspiration comes and goes and there are some times that you don’t have the motivation to write. This is especially true for people who have an aversion to routines.
If you are one of these people it is more advisable that you stick with a flexible schedule. That way you don’t have to feel shackled by the schedule. You can write whenever inspiration hits you. Just remember that there is a thin line between waiting for the inspiration to strike and just simple procrastination.
- Write every day
This advice can be useful, but only if you are a full time writer. But if you have a 9 to 5 job, this can be pretty difficult to pull off. And there is a chance that you might tire yourself out in the long run. But don’t be discouraged. There are many ways that you can reach your writing quota without having to write every day. One great way is to time your writing sessions on your free days. Prepare and set up your weekend so that you will have a lot of extra time. Then write for as long as you can. The most ideal would be 7 hours straight. That way you can still reach your writing quota and still maintain your weekday schedules.
- Ignore book reviews
As annoying bad reviews are, they are still very important if you want to grow as a true writer. Most writers tend to ignore reviews and tell themselves that reviews don’t really matter. Sadly though reviews are very important if you want to attract readers. You will be surprised how useful a good review can be for your book. So next time your book gets a bad review, don’t ignore it and don’t be discouraged by it. Just learn from it and continue to grow as a writer.
- Ignore trends
This advice tells you to write what you want to read. It also compels you to ignore popular trends. Although this is admirable from a writer’s perspective this can be very disadvantageous for you. Trends are popular for a reason. They are popular because they work for most readers and that they are entertaining and leave a good impression with book reviewers. So when you are writing a novel or an article, always be sure to know the current trends and try to sprinkle a little bit of references and facts on your work. This will make your work more relatable and relevant.