Here are some tips that work for me, but every author is different:
1. I don’t follow an outline. I like the characters to tell their stories and I go with the flow. The original idea I started with usually ends up different, but in a good way.
2. I hate sitting on ideas. Once an idea sparks, I try to put it down on paper as fast as I can. If I’m working on another project, I’ll jot as many notes down as possible so I don’t forget them. I even keep a notebook with me at all times, just in case.
3. Pick names for your characters—ones that you really like. Giving them names makes them seem real and connects you with them, which makes the story easier to write.
4. I don’t revise until I’m fairly far into the story otherwise it messes up my flow. Once I reach a comfortable point, then I’ll go back and read what I’ve typed.
5. Find time to write. I get asked this a lot and my answers always the same. I love to write and I will always make time for it, whether I have to miss a TV Show or a party.
6. Writers block happens. When I have writers block, I usually take a short break and let my head clear. This usually helps. Or sometimes I just work with it and keep writing until I figure out where I’m trying to go with the story. Then I go back and delete what I need to.
7. The last and most important. Never give up, even if things get difficult.
* Jessica Sorensen is the author of the Fallen Star Series, the Darkness Falls Series, the Death Collectors Series, and the New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, The Secret of Ella and Micha, a New Adult Contemporary nove