Study your favorite writers – how do they structure their plot, develop their characters, and keep you wanting to turn the page? Learn from their experience.
Use your imagination.
Don’t set pen to paper until you know your main characters inside out. Create files detailing their appearances, likes, dislikes, and personal background. You may not use all the information, but it is a crucial step in planning your story.
Set yourself a target.
Try to write at least 500 words a day. You may ditch 499 of them tomorrow, but you will still be moving forward.
Find a writers’ group, or go online – authonomy.com and Lulu.com, a self-publishing website, are both excellent.
Learn to accept rejection.
I wrote three books before I got one published. Most writers do. Have faith, and know that with each work you are getting better.
Jojo Moyes (b. 1969 in London, England) is a British novelist. She is one of only a few authors to have twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has been translated into eleven different languages.
Moyes became a full-time novelist in 2002, when her first book Sheltering Rain was published. She continues to write articles for The Daily Telegraph.
Moyes is one of only a few authors to have won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award twice. She first won the award in 2004 for Foreign Fruit and in 2011 for “The Last Letter From Your Lover”
Moyes is represented by Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown (literary agents).