1. Listen to the 88 Cups of Tea Podcast.
88 Cups of Tea is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about the creative writing field. The host Yin Chang interviews Young Adult literature authors, literary agents, TV writers, and filmmakers. They share their own life and writing experiences offering up their knowledge in the forms of advice, motivation, and inspiration. Personally, this is honestly the best writing resource I have ever come across!
You can find the podcast episodes on iTunes, or via the website at www.88cupsoftea.com.
2. ‘Show Up. Put in the work. Let go of the outcome.’
This is something that my favourite author Victoria (V.E.) Schwab said where she compared writing to learning how to swim; You can’t learn to swim if you don’t show up to the lessons. In other words, a little progress is better than none at all! Try to write as often as you can, especially when working on something more lengthy like a manuscript. Know that nothing is perfect the first time round. First drafts are meant to be bad. Save the editing for later!
3. Find Your Tribe.
Writing in itself can be a fun process but finding a group of like-minded writers who you can bounce ideas off of and have as support is even better! A lot of authors talk about how writing is a solitary craft but being a part of a writing community is something which can help to keep you motivated and let you know there’s an audience out there that want to read your work.
4. Write for Yourself.
Don’t write something for any other reason other than for yourself! Write what you want to read, what you love. Then no matter what happens with your work, published or not, you won’t feel disappointed with what you’ve written or feel like you’ve just wasted all that time for nothing.
5. Read Extensively.
Reading is just as vital to the creative writing process as actually writing. Read out of your comfort zone! Read stuff you like! Read stuff which you’re unsure you’ll like or not! Reading widely will help you to hone your craft and help you to find your creative voice. It’ll even lead to inspiration for more ideas.