If you’re looking for a little inspiration with your writing, I have 12 writing rules that will help get you back on track with your writing!
1. Make writing a habit. If you write every day, you get better at writing every day. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell said, “You have to have 10,000 hours in a subject to be an expert.” By that he meant that those 10,000 hours will allow you to become a phenom – aka you’re so freakishly awesome you standout among your peers. That’s when you as an author becomes renowned by your name only – think J.K. Rowlings. In the entertainment & sports world, think of Peyton. Tiger. Venus. Kobe. Oprah. Madonna.
2. Don’t bore your readers. Let’s face it, if it’s boring to you, it’s boring to your reader. Inject life, fun and drama into your writing.
3. Get a writing routine and stick with it. A routine will allow you to build a successful publishing business.
4. Poetry does NOT have to rhyme. Poetry does NOT have to rhyme. Rules are great, but sometimes to stand out with your book, you have to break old rules.
5. Resist stereotypes, in real life and in your writing. If you’re going to use stereotypes in your writing make sure it’s to show the growth of one of your characters. Think Paula Deen – now think the contrary. She’s still stuck in images of the old deep South. If you bring forward a character like that, make sure he/she evolves.
6. Writers read. Writers read a lot. Writers read all the time. If you want to become a great writer, become an awesome reader!
7. Make lists of your favorite words and books and places and things. Create a storyboard bank of ideas. This will be the fire that fuel book series. The more you write, the more you can earn. It’s a simple number’s game when it comes to publishing success on Kindle.
8. There doesn’t always have to be a moral to the story. Fiction authors can get away with writing a book without an educational element. It’s a little harder for non fiction authors.
9. Always bring your notebook. Always bring a spare pen. I get ideas for books or characters at the oddest hours of the day and I always bring something to jot notes on. Inspiration comes and goes – don’t let a great story escape you because you didn’t have a notebook on hand.
10. Go for walks. Dance. Pull weeds. Do the dishes. Write about it. You should always integrate elements of your own life in either your fiction or non fiction books.
11. Don’t settle on just one style. Try something new! If you’ve been writing in one genre and you’re not seeing amazing book sales, don’t hesitate to try another more lucrative category. You have to decide if you want to write books or write books that sell.
12. Learn to tell both sides of the story. Add dimension to your writing by layering many different elements in your story and different emotions. As a non fiction author, you’ll want to offer different perspective of the topic you cover in your book.
These are 12 simple writing rules you can follow or be rebellious about it and create your own writing rules!