Many equate an activity as author and writer with a dream job. However, the romantic idea of sitting somewhere in a cozy spot, packing his ideas into exciting stories and then rediscovering them in the form of a beautifully bound bestseller novel on the shelves of bookstores, is rarely true.
Although writing is an exciting affair that creates a lot of space for creativity and imagination and can be extremely fulfilling, writing professionally also means hard work and, in addition to discipline and practice, requires the mastery of the hand tool.
No doubt anyone can learn to write professionally with the right tips, and with the right guidance, everyone can discover and promote their hidden talents. Nevertheless, every author must find his own way if he wants to write professionally, because as different as the authors and their works are, so are the writing paths and the methods.
In this sense, a guide or tips for professional writing, as they are to be found below, always be just suggestions and inspirations and show the possible course of action in general.
Professional writing starts with an idea. However, most of the time the idea does not come through convulsive reflection, but results from a situation, an observation or a random thought out. A professional author always has his writing tool with him and notes down such ideas and thoughts.
For this keywords are usually sufficient, which can be noted somewhere completely disordered, but later serve as a reminder.
This consists of the ideas and keywords, which are ordered and put into a meaningful order. Incidentally, this has proven to be a kind of mind map. This means that the author writes his keywords on a sheet of paper and connects the dots, which belong together, with lines.
In the next step, the author can create the basis for his work.
That is, after his story is roughly established, he creates the world in which to play his story. These include, on the one hand, the characters he brings to life, giving them names, defining their looks, developing character traits and special characteristics for them, and giving them a past.
It is helpful to work with index cards that contain all the important information about a character. On the other hand, the author creates the places for his story. Again, the author develops pictures that show the reader what it looks like, what sounds to hear or what it smells like.
Especially if the story is quite extensive and many places occur, it can be helpful to create a map so as not to lose track later.
Once all preparatory work has been done and the author has roughly subdivided his course of action, the actual writing can begin.
Professional writing is a creative process and the author will undoubtedly keep coming up with new ideas and thoughts as he works on his work. This is good and right, but nevertheless he should not lose sight of the message that he has worked out in the course of his outline and wants to express with his work, and not deviate too much from the actual topic. In which style the author writes, of course, is up to his own decision.
Generally, however, the tip is not to be too cumbersome and complicated to formulate. Most readers read a book to relax. As such, they do not want to read a section multiple times to understand what the author meant by that.
It is also important that the author writes alive. He should use as much as possible all human senses and thus not only talk, feel or move his figures, but also taste, smell and feel things.
A very important point for those who want to write professionally is the revision.
This is usually done only with a certain time interval, but the more intense. In the course of the revision, discrepancies are corrected, dialogues rewritten, sentences changed and actions shortened, in short the story gradually gets its finishing touches.
It helps to read the individual scenes aloud, as this makes it much easier to find discrepancies.
In addition, the author should read the perspective of his readers while reading and critically review how the author likes the story as a reader and whether he understands the actions and contexts in the first place can pull.