Persistence and discipline will always be present in a writer’s day life. Remember that success is always at the end of a long trip of obstacles. A few tips can make the difference between a simple hobby and a best seller.
Organize your work
Another valuable tool is the organization of work. For best results, you should get used to writing a script and manage narrative schemes. A good script includes scenarios of each chapter, as well as cards with the description of the main characters and the main points of the plot.
Punctuation marks are one of the worst enemies of the writer. Try to avoid using an excess or lack of commas. A natural and well-punctuated rhythm will make your text entertaining and easy to read.
The same thing happens with adjectives and adverbs. The vast majority of the times a single adjective is sufficient to describe something. Adding more adjectives will be superfluous. Avoid also using many adverbs.
The use of the dictionary is essential. You will need a good dictionary and thesaurus with definitions, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word origins and quotes.
A text should not be reviewed immediately after you have finished. The proofreading should be done when it has elapsed time; then, your vision will be more objective. This technique consists of synthesize and almost outlining the story you are telling. What needs to be said in 2 lines, should not be said in 5.
Literary speed dating
Imagine that one of your friends asks you what is your book about. Think that he can be to a potential reader. Are you ready to answer? A literary speed dating is a very brief description, -two or three phrases-, explaining the gist of a book, in a credible, compelling and concise way.
The purpose of this strategy is to engage anyone who wants to learn more about your book. In a world where everything happens too quickly, it is necessary to capture the interest of the potential reader in the shortest time.
The components of a speed dating are: Gender, setting, main character and central plot.
The publishing proposal
When you want to publish a book, you basically have two options: one is to send the manuscript to several publishers (either on your own or through a literary agent). The other possibility is the digital publication (DTP), which has become increasingly more feasible by the use of the new technologies.
The proposal must be accompanied by a carefully written cover letter, a brief synopsis of the work, a full index and a brief resume of the author, (pointing your former publications).