Even that writer you consider the most important, the one who inspires you or the one who has sold the most copies of his or her book, probably needed advice for beginning writers at the beginning of his or her career. Yes, because even if it's hard for you to see it that way, at some point all of them were first-time paper writers who chased their dreams to become famous.
If you've browsed the web a bit you'll know that writing a novel is not an easy task, but the last thing I want to do is discourage you. On the contrary, I want to help you from the beginning of your journey as a writer, until you see your dream of seeing your work published and enjoyed by thousands of readers come true.
That's why below are some tips that if you're a true beginner you can't overlook:
1) DON'T DOUBT YOURSELF, BUT BE REALISTIC! START WITH SHORT STORIES
Your first work doesn't have to be a 500-page novel, a trilogy to be made into a film or a whole series with interwoven plots. Ideally, you should start with short stories to perfect the method, the details and even the planning of the writing habit. Also, the first publication is usually not the best .... but I'm also sure you can't write 30 bad stories in a row. Think about it!
2) CHOOSE THE HERO TO INSPIRE YOU
Whether it's because you identify with their life story, because you like their writing style or because you fell in love with some of their characters, it's always good to have a clear reference to inspire and motivate you. Would you like to be like Stephen King or J. K. Rowling, are you inspired by Cortázar or Neruda? Choose that writer who can make you dream big and make him or her become your hero.
Mind you, do not try to copy anyone! But one of the tips for beginning writers is that if you want to be a recognised novelist, authenticity must be your best ally, without that meaning that other great writers can serve as an important reference.
3) INCREASE YOUR PASSION FOR CINEMA
Cinema is art. They usually tell stories that engage and transcend. Analysing the seventh art and playing with its plots, imagining other endings or "identifying" some characteristics of the characters that are not so obvious, can serve as a good exercise to bring your stories to life. In addition, characters are also a good resource to inspire you and even to get to know the lives of other writers. If you want to start with some of them, you can check out this interesting list which also details some lessons that can help you become the writer you've always dreamed of.
4) LOSE THE FEAR OF INNOVATION
Some writers prefer to play it safe and follow lines or paths of success that have already been tried and tested before. If you really want to stand out from the crowd, don't be afraid to experiment, to tell stories with unexpected twists, to include new characters, with characteristics that really impress and stand out from everything that has been written before.
5) PREPARATION AND PLANNING: KEY TO SUCCESS
Yes, I know this topic has been talked about a lot, but it's so important to get a novel written and, subsequently, published. Having a guide to serving as an initial reference on what you need to do will surely help you to go down this road with a little more focus.
If you have already thought about something and you are about to take the leap, this article will also help you to understand how to start writing your novel.
6) MAKE LIBRARIES PART OF YOUR LIFE
Yes, you can read online... but it's not enough! If you want to succeed in this world of literature, you'll have to broaden the way you research and boost your reading habits. Why? Because they will give you more tools... but above all inspiration.
7) BELIEVE IN YOURSELF... AND SAY "GOODBYE" TO THOSE WHO DON'T.
It never hurts to reinforce that good self-esteem and "believing the story" will bring you a little closer to success. It's time to stop underestimating yourself and become aware of all the wonderful things you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
Don't be afraid to distance yourself from people who doubt your talent or your abilities. Believe in your project and work hard until you achieve it.
8) BE CONSISTENT AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED
Getting into the habit of consistent writing can be difficult, but it is the only way you will see your novel through to completion. This is a helpful tip for writers because it's often a problem for many. Achieving that goal you set yourself at the beginning may be difficult to achieve, but it is not impossible. Perseverance, discipline, passion and continuous training to acquire better and better techniques must become your best allies.