Our Top Tips for all Writers
Write about what you know – or would like to know.
Many of our students find that their first idea isn’t the best. Dig deep and find something in your life experience that can be a great idea for a non-fiction book. Find your passion! You may have some wonderful experiences or expertise which deserves to be shared. Blogger? This is the perfect opportunity to turn your blog into a book or your blog into paid-for features. Why continue writing for free when you could be published?
Writers need self-discipline. In the early stages of planning your book proposal, how can you manage your time? Where can you carve out that hour or more each day to work on your writing? Don’t think it always has to be one solid sixty minutes. Two short sessions are still valuable.
Do your research
Check out what has already been published and when. Scour book shops and online sellers to see who else has written on your topic. Who publishes the type of book you want to write? How will your book be different?
Most non-fiction books require input from other people. Who can you contact? How can you find them? How’s your networking? Are you using social media to promote yourself?
Brush up your skills
No one will take your writing seriously if your grammar is dodgy and you don’t know how to use the apostrophe. Grab a copy of Lynne Truss’ Eats, Shoots & Leaves to brush up your skills. It’s a great read anyway.