How to advice for writers

Author: W. K. Hayes

Advice on writing

As a writer, people ask about publishers, publishing and agents. Also, as a writer, I often have found myself asking the same questions. Writing is a passion and above all else, art. Personally, I refer to any writer as being a, ‘Word Bender’.

A Word Bender can take a handful of words and strategically place them in a manner that describes a scene in the least amount of words. However, there is a huge trick to this process. Although there are tons of words that apply to the description, many such words are not in common use and that can become a Bain to the writer.

Another problem with using shorter effort to describe a scene is that most writer’s simply don’t have the talent for it, no matter how hard they try. Still, anyone that can sit down, write a story and draw the reader’s mind into the world they have created is truly a, Word-Bender.

The world is full of writers and aspiring authors hoping to be seen, heard and felt. When you write, write from your heart and allow the reader to see you through your words. Why work so hard to write a book if none of your characters portray you. A reader should get to know the writer through the story.

Another suggestion for writers is to implore the use of this idea. When you are writing, think of your book as being a movie and you are the director. Your first job is to get the stage ready by setting the scene. Remember, that most rooms have lots of items you can describe but resist the urge. Stick to the items that your character will inadvertently, react with or make use out of. Ex: Mister Red grabbed the candlestick and bludgeoned Mister Green in the head, there in the den. You might even mention, the darkened painting that hung eerily above the stone fireplace in the den, was a menacing portrait of a stately man of older years and none too pleasurable to look upon.

As for the characters, think about each one with some serious consideration. Each character you create should have a very distinctive personality type. They should have their own psychological existence and exhibit certain behavior patterns, that provides them with believability.

When character interact with one another, their conversation should be intelligent and witty. Using big words often fails to work for any reader and lacks solid evidence of intelligence.

Allow your characters to speak in a manner that says something about them. If a female character has an over-bearing personality, make sure this is more than just a description. She should be very opinionated and extremely wry in nearly every casual scene. Her approach towards other characters should be somewhat arrogant, pushy and demanding.

Never start your book with a scene of sensuality. Instead, open the scene by drawing the reader’s attention to the circumstances of your main character. Most agents prefer a less direct approach towards romantic inclination even in romance novels. Your opening paragraphs should describe the current plight of your main character and their surroundings.

There is one thing that will make me drop a book, without giving it a second thought and that is a writer that is determined to bounce from one main character to another main character. Pick a main character and tell their story while keeping the camera on them at all times. Trying to establish a new set of characters every chapter has a tendency to throw the reader off track. One of the worst books I have ever read was one where, the story kept leaping through time while vaguely establishing each new time period and characters. Stay focused and your reader will too!

Ultimately, keep your focus in your book and believe in yourself as a writer. Trust me, you will endure hundreds of hindrances that will make writing your novel very tricky. Still, don’t give up. Writing a novel is time consuming work but when you finally get the novel done, it’s like baking the perfect cake.

Although, you will soon learn that writing a book is easier than getting one published. Millions of writers are trying to get their books published and that is a lot of stiff competition. Then, there's the red tape coming form the business aspect of writing. Be brave and read the contract carefully. Take notes and make sure you ask questions if you are not sure about certain items in the contract.

Some people are actually finding some small success in self-publishing. However, most agents won’t touch a self-published author. This is sad but true. Ultimately, it is your best bet to write weblogs so that the agent has a solid reference to your ability as a writer and this is also a great way to help you land writing jobs as a free-lance writer. Another great perk to writing weblogs is that this a great way to help support your writing endeavors, financially. Do not get me wrong, writing blogs will not make you rich and I have noticed that it usually takes around a hundred weblogs of great articles to produce a decent income but this is a residual income you can count on so long as the host company remains in business.

Thanks for taking the time to read my tips about writing and suggestions on ways of supporting your dream career of being a writer. I sincerely hope you take my advice but I will warn you, being a writer takes many hours of work with a broad knowledge of self-promotion. Be prepared to work hard or you won’t see your dream come true and the last thing you want to do is fail yourself. Thanks again and have a great day!

 

Update: march 2nd, 2011

     

After doing more research I have learned that many writers find their only outlet for becoming, published would be to self-publish. Many agents seem to be changing their opinion of the self-published as well. A self-published writer can build a proven record of accomplishment for attracting an agent and with having books available for agents; the agent can get a better feel for the writer's style and work. Some agents still refuse to work with a POD and self-published writer but from what I have learned, it really is up to the individual agent.

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TheHopefulPoet 5 years ago from Florida

Thank you for sharing these tips and information. I found your hub very useful and informative. I am trying to write a novel myself and keep getting hung up on the very beginning. After reading this I now know exactly when and where to start my story! Thank you so much! :)


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Sarah Masson 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Great advice, thanks


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

To TheHopefulPoet, absolutely my pleasure. I'm glad my advice helped you out, not only with this novel but your future novels as well, I hope. happy writing and living the dream.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thank you Sarah Masson, I always appreciate it when someone finds my advice useful. If you need anything else, drop me a line and happy writing!


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lorlie6 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Your excellent advice is timeless, W.K. Welcome to HubPages-you're off to an impressive start!


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thank you Lorlie6, I appreciate your kind words of encouragement. They mean the world to me.


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FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your advice gives encouragement to keep moving forward with steady diligence and the pay off will come in time. My resolution is to do just that and your words spur me onward to that end!! Thanks.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi FloBe, Originally, I had written this for a friend who is struggling with completing his first novel. I will admit, he is an excellent writer, however, very critical of himself. I am glad to know that my words of encouragement to him has helped others such, as yourself. Never lose faith in yourself as writer no matter what any else says...


hubpageswriter 5 years ago

These are really great tips, thanks for sharing them here. If you don't mind, may I touch on the characters of a great writer. A lot of great writers are very humble and non arrogant at all, and they have been publishing novels, earning royalties for their publication and such. I find that kind of behavior very admirable, a trait that young writers like me and the rest should adopt, which is non-arrogance. I think Hubpages is a great platform, however I sometimes see amateur writers dishing others and ridiculing them too, which for me personally is pretty much childish and a big waster of their time.

I'm sorry for rambling, but coming back to this hub, I took a look at this sentencing: "One of the worst book I have ever read was one where, the story kept leaping through time while vaguely establishing each new time period and characters. Stay focused and your reader will too!" - I've seen a lot of this too and if these kinds of writers are arrogant, I really have nothing to say. Hub up W.K.Hayes, I'll be looking forward to your other hubs as well.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi Hubpageswriter. Many years ago I had the good fortune of being an extra in the movie, The Exorcist 3. The star of the movie, George C. Scott, was always seen as an austere man. Very dignified and proper in his mannerisms.

So, imagine my surprise one day when I caught him acting like a big kid. He hadn't seen me when he decided to have fun until the damage was done.

Later, on the set, he came over to me and said, "We won't mention this."

I smiled really big and replied, "Our secret." For which, he returned the smile, patted me on the shoulder headed back to work.

What I learned from him, that day, was the fact that people should always be themselves. Granted, others will put certain expectations on us to carry ourselves a certain way but take Stephen King for example, he is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Throughout the years, I have also had the good fortune of meeting some very wealthy and powerful people in this country. Within minutes, they always knew they could be themselves around me and you would be surprised how much fun they are. It's the upper-middle class that are snobs, generally speaking but the super-wealthy...they're just who they are and wealthy or poor, I will always be myself.


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amanda_rose 5 years ago from NewJersey

you're advice is great; thank you for being so inspiring and posting this hub.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thank you amanda_rose for enjoying this post. I hope you get some great use out of it and feel free to read some of my other work, if you like. W. K.


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Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada

Some good advice! I really enjoyed this hub and am looking forward to reading more of your work in the future.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thanks Time4Travel...I really enjoy sharing my experiences...especially when it helps others to get the most out of writing.


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Michael Willis 5 years ago from Arkansas

Excellent information. Thank you for taking the time to share your work here. I remember a teacher in college saying a lot of the things you are talking about. My college days were a long time ago and I am glad to have it brought back to my attention!


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thank you Michael Willis, I look forward to reading your work as well. Although I refer to writing as being our ork, we all know it really is ourway of entertaining ourselves. Especially when the stories relay fond memories.


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afro's mistake 5 years ago from dorothys kansas

wow i love this article the most. nice advice about the whole never changing main characters too much, ive done that before.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thanks Afro's Mistake...Some writers enjoy flexing their mental database of words and switching characters like a car switching lanes on a California highway...I earnestly believe that the best way to write is where anyone can pick up the book and enjoy it without needing a dictionary or a tour guide of characters to get them through it.


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afro's mistake 5 years ago from dorothys kansas

lol i sometimes use big words that some people probably aren't able to relate to either


kimberlyslyrics 4 years ago

with having books available for agents; the agent can get a better feel for the writer's style and work. Some agents still refuse to work with a POD and self-published writer but from what I have learned, it really is up to the individual agent.

Thanks WK I am now published 3 times and find this to be true

great hub

thumbs up!

kimberly

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