by Akumbu Uche
I may not be successful enough to publish a guidebook for writers a la Stephen King or famous enough to warrant a slot on the UK Guardian’s Rules for Writers Series but I think I too have some sage advice to dole out on the topic so here goes:
- Read, read, read a lot; read outside your comfort zone.
- Keep a diary/journal – it is excellent practice.
- Invest in a dictionary and thesaurus.
- Study a new language; it helps improve your current one.
- Write your first drafts in longhand. That way, you won’t be distracted by the Word Count feature on your computer.
- When you feel blocked, use a different colour pen.
- If you are still blocked, try dictating into a recording device. It’s really good for those times when you don’t know how to structure or arrange your thoughts.
- Drugs and excessive alcohol won’t make you a more creative person.
- Oxygen is great for the brain; make physical exercise a daily priority.
- Don’t be in a rush to publish.