If you have allowed yourself to write “a shitty first draft,” then that draft is not ready to be edited. You should rewrite it.
It is easy to procrastinate writing your story, but the story will not create itself. Your plot is yours to write—set up a daily goal to reach your dream!
Make sure all subplots resolve, that all clues are present before the last quarter of the book. Using a Series grid may help to keep track of this and more.
A character with a voice means more than having them participate in some dialogue. Characters need to sound different from each other too.
Creating unique characters are vital if you want your readers to remember them outside of the covers of your book.
A snowflake can be drawn by adding the same small element over and over again and repeating the pattern until it has grown into a snowflake.
You have a list of themes or tags that you like—now what? Now it is time to transform them into a plot!
Get inspiration from themes you already like to get an idea, to keep going on your current project, or just for daydreaming.
Why writing tips?
There are as many tips about how to write as there are people in this world. Rules you have to follow, things you can never do under any circumstances. And then there is the “rule” that says screw the rules.
Most goals of all these rules and tips and tricks are to write the ideal novel, to become the next bestseller. But what even is that, the perfect story? I’m not sure that is achievable.
Perfect is like the word beautiful; the rules lie within the observer, or in this case, the reader. What is an excellent story to me, might not be the best for you.
To me, that means that rules that resonate with me, might not work at all for you. Neither while writing, or what you look for while reading. And that is fine. You don’t have to agree with everything I write here or any of it. What I hope that you take away from this are ideas and thoughts. If you realise that you would do something differently from me; mission accomplished. You have learned or decided or understood that this is not how you want to do it.