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Writing tips for new authors: It can’t hurt to listen

What advice have you received or heard that helped you with your writing?

One of the first things, for me, was to write about what you know. This little nugget is how I started my children’s and humorous series.

It took me a few books to work outside of my comfort zone. I branched out into different genres that I might have left alone. So, while that advice got me started, I don’t rely on it.

I have a few other WIP that I am unfamiliar with the content. All I need to know is a couple of things in general. From there, I work around the idea. That is a tip I share with others.

It was freeing to explore the different roads writers take.

But also, invest in an editor. I know editors are expensive. But if you can find a good one, they are worth their weight in gold.

Find a good writing group. Now, there is not always one near you. There are numerous critique groups online. It could be a forum or a virtual meeting. They will help you find errors that go by you. They will improve your story in a way you might not have ever been able to obtain.

Making goals for your book is one I tell others. As you are writing, decide what you want to accomplish from it. I come up with achievable goals and over-the-top goals. Dreaming big is a mantra I keep.

There is so much advice out there. Too much, actually. You will have to weed through the forest of information you are getting. But when you find the ones that work, pay attention.

Editing my children’s book: Jasper, Amazon Parrot vol 4

Since Squirrel Mafia vol 2 is with the publisher now, I got back to work on Jasper, Amazon Parrot vol 4.

My editor told me it was okay. I was looking for the magical word of solid. LOL

She meant the edits that I now need to address. Editing has never been my favorite part of the writing process. I have met many writers who love this aspect.

Over the years, I have mellowed a bit on this process. Actually, I have mellowed a lot. When it comes to grammar, that is not my cup of tea. I have an editor for a reason.

But when it comes to loopholes, restructuring a plot, making dialogue more pages turning worthy is now fun for me. The process of creating better content has made me a better writer. It has changed my mind on how I view revisions.

I wish I had a magic wand to wave over my manuscript.

But creating a book involves so many parts. Creating a better and more enjoyable book for the reader is always one of the ultimate goals.

But just in case anyone does find the magical wand that I mentioned above, however, please do let me know.

I was recently interviewed

I was interviewed online by the lovely Robin this week. Interviews are a great way to show your brand and self to the world. It is a chance for you to shout out, “Here I am!”

Back in the day, being interviewed by magazines, tv, and radio was different. It was not always easy to secure those spots.

The internet has given us a new avenue to have a spotlight shined on us.

There are many sites online looking for people to interview. It is a good marriage.

So, here is part of the interview with the link at the bottom if you want to read the rest.

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Name or pseudonym: Sharon C. Williams

What genre/s do you write in, and why? I write in comedy, short stories, children, and drama.

I learned early to write on what I know. Well, that is what I had read from books and told from other authors.

Some of my novels come from observations around my home. Since I knew the specific topics they pertained to, it seemed like a place to begin.

Drama is a genre I wanted to try. I no longer feel I should stick to what I know. I’m excited to try out new genres in hopes of challenging me.

When did you begin writing, and was it something you’ve always wanted to do? As an avid reader, I always considered authors magical people I would place high up. I was in awe at how they transformed words into chapters and a story and weaved them perfectly.

I came to writing in my early 40ties. It was something that kind of fell into my lap. I never thought of writing before.

My husband had told a friend of mine earlier that he felt I wrote well. Upon her telling me this, I thought to myself, “Why not?” 

I started seriously writing in the Fall of 2009. I had a story in my head that would not let me rest. Having two surgeries at the end of 2009, non-related, gave me a lot of free time to put to paper the story.

What type of research goes into your writing? My children’s series is in the Amazon rainforest, to which I knew next to little.

Wanting the books to be educational and enjoyable, I researched the rainforest for months for the trees, animals, and plants. I have gone through at least half a dozen links to get the information right. I check links, books, and videos.

I want kids to learn, and by learning, maybe get engaged in the plight of the rainforest. I do this for the various genres I write. I want to be as accurate as I can.

I will also read books by authors who write in the same genres. Especially a new genre. I want to see how they go about the different aspects of that particular genre.

I have watched a variety of webinars to learn in any way to progress my writing.

Here is the link for the rest:

https://tinyurl.com/2p82ew9a