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Write your brain out!
National Novel Writing Month is coming! If you can’t find the motivation, or the time to write a novel for the past year, maybe this is an opportunity for you to push yourself into doing it, this November. Writing is hard, writing a good story is even harder, but the hardest part will always be “starting it”! Writing takes a lot of effort and dedication, so why not take up this challenge and commit yourself to write a novel in a month? If you want to join the fun and don’t care much about the award you could just dedicate a week, two weeks or a month to write short stories, poems or whatever your soul desires. At the end, it should be all about the joy and your love of writing. If you are in it for the money, the fame and the award, then your story will only be a reflection of that. Of course, you can still sell that kind of writing, but it might not last long in your reader’s thoughts.
For those who anticipated before, good job and don’t give up! For those who are going to join this year, hooray! Don’t forget to write about your experiences, and if you like we can post the article on the OHP website. To submit your article go here.
GOOD LUCK!

Write your brain out!

National Novel Writing Month is coming! If you can’t find the motivation, or the time to write a novel for the past year, maybe this is an opportunity for you to push yourself into doing it, this November. Writing is hard, writing a good story is even harder, but the hardest part will always be “starting it”! Writing takes a lot of effort and dedication, so why not take up this challenge and commit yourself to write a novel in a month? If you want to join the fun and don’t care much about the award you could just dedicate a week, two weeks or a month to write short stories, poems or whatever your soul desires. At the end, it should be all about the joy and your love of writing. If you are in it for the money, the fame and the award, then your story will only be a reflection of that. Of course, you can still sell that kind of writing, but it might not last long in your reader’s thoughts.

For those who anticipated before, good job and don’t give up! For those who are going to join this year, hooray! Don’t forget to write about your experiences, and if you like we can post the article on the OHP website. To submit your article go here.

GOOD LUCK!

 
How to Start Your Career as a Writer
They say before anyone can say they are anything, a writer, or otherwise; they must spend around 10,000 hours doing it. In that case, you can’t call yourself a writer unless you’ve spent an hour a day for 30 years, or three hours a day for 10 years writing - you do the maths. However, don’t let such things put you off, writing is a skill best learned through writing. WriteThose who wish to write should merely do just that, and write. From poetry, to prose, to news pieces, writing is largely about practice. The other large part of learning to write is reading. ReadWriters need to read everything and anything, from airport novels to classics, from magazines to  ingredients - read everything. By engaging in a variety of sources consciously a writer picks up the range of styles on show and also learns how to differentiate between the good, bad and the ugly. Recognizing good writing and understanding why it is good is one of the main ways you can improve your own writing. Never imitate good writing, but do try and understand why it is good to read, why it flows and why it is better than the other things you’ve read. If you understand this, then you can take it on board and apply it to your own work. Learn the RulesThere aren’t as many grammatical rules as you would imagine, though they can be confusing. Purchase a book on grammar; there are numerous books of this sort out there. These books will give you the lowdown on where to use certain forms of punctuation, grammar and can even help with style. As with your general reading, you should read widely from a range of sources. This is because not all grammar is absolute, and a certain amount is down to style. People interchange commas and semi colons, exclamation marks and full stops - explore and find out what suits you and your writing.Evaluate your WritingWhen you write something, look back at it in time. By evaluating your work you can see where you need improvement and in the case of writing retrospective examination can be central. Look back at what you’ve written and take the good and the bad from it.Mentoring and FeedbackMany people find a mentor, or someone experienced in the field helps. These people can offer you hints and tips and aid your development. You should also encourage constructive criticism and feedback from a number of sources as this will help you and flags any issues with your writing.Don’t Lose HeartAlmost every writer on the planet has been slated at one stage or another, take it on the shoulder and improve. Though many people put their heart and soul into their creations, editors and publishers have no problems in eating them up and spitting them out. Take it as an exercise in constructive criticism and try and improve. Be ProfessionalThough, there is a certain belief writers are temperamental creatures, you should try and avoid such a stigma until you’ve a dozen best sellers. Always remain professional, be polite and respectful as this will aid you as much as good writing.Enjoy ItRemember you’re creating something that’s never been created before, so if you don’t enjoy it, do something else - life’s too short.Guest post by Jon Quinton

How to Start Your Career as a Writer

They say before anyone can say they are anything, a writer, or otherwise; they must spend around 10,000 hours doing it. In that case, you can’t call yourself a writer unless you’ve spent an hour a day for 30 years, or three hours a day for 10 years writing - you do the maths. However, don’t let such things put you off, writing is a skill best learned through writing.

Write
Those who wish to write should merely do just that, and write. From poetry, to prose, to news pieces, writing is largely about practice. The other large part of learning to write is reading.

Read
Writers need to read everything and anything, from airport novels to classics, from magazines to ingredients - read everything. By engaging in a variety of sources consciously a writer picks up the range of styles on show and also learns how to differentiate between the good, bad and the ugly.

Recognizing good writing and understanding why it is good is one of the main ways you can improve your own writing. Never imitate good writing, but do try and understand why it is good to read, why it flows and why it is better than the other things you’ve read. If you understand this, then you can take it on board and apply it to your own work.

Learn the Rules
There aren’t as many grammatical rules as you would imagine, though they can be confusing. Purchase a book on grammar; there are numerous books of this sort out there. These books will give you the lowdown on where to use certain forms of punctuation, grammar and can even help with style. As with your general reading, you should read widely from a range of sources. This is because not all grammar is absolute, and a certain amount is down to style. People interchange commas and semi colons, exclamation marks and full stops - explore and find out what suits you and your writing.

Evaluate your Writing
When you write something, look back at it in time. By evaluating your work you can see where you need improvement and in the case of writing retrospective examination can be central. Look back at what you’ve written and take the good and the bad from it.

Mentoring and Feedback
Many people find a mentor, or someone experienced in the field helps. These people can offer you hints and tips and aid your development. You should also encourage constructive criticism and feedback from a number of sources as this will help you and flags any issues with your writing.

Don’t Lose Heart
Almost every writer on the planet has been slated at one stage or another, take it on the shoulder and improve. Though many people put their heart and soul into their creations, editors and publishers have no problems in eating them up and spitting them out. Take it as an exercise in constructive criticism and try and improve.

Be Professional
Though, there is a certain belief writers are temperamental creatures, you should try and avoid such a stigma until you’ve a dozen best sellers. Always remain professional, be polite and respectful as this will aid you as much as good writing.

Enjoy It
Remember you’re creating something that’s never been created before, so if you don’t enjoy it, do something else - life’s too short.

Guest post by Jon Quinton

 

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