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Three top writing tips

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I’m often asked for writing tips, so here are three that I’ve found helpful myself in the past (This post was originally published on the Egmont blog to celebrate NanoWriMo).

1. Don’t get it right, get it written. If you worry too much about making your writing ‘perfect’ first time, there’s a risk that you might never get started at all. The blank page can be intimidating, but remember that rough drafts are meant to be just that – rough! So try not to angst too much about it, and instead just get some words down on the page. You can always revise, improve and polish them up later. The main thing is to begin!

2. Look for creative inspiration. If you’re feeling short on ideas, then make sure you’re taking time to be inspired by others’ work. Creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum, so give yourself time to read, but also to visit art galleries and museums, listen to music, go to the theatre, watch films – whatever you feel most drawn to. New ideas can come from all kinds of unexpected places – and surrounding yourself with creative inspiration will always give you an energy boost.

3. Go for a walk. The best thing to do when you feel stuck. Leave your phone behind or turn it off, and just go for a wander. It’s amazing how effective even a ten-minute walk can be for untangling a tricky plot problem or kickstarting your imagination.

Looking for more writing tips? Here’s my advice on researching a historical novel.

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