I was tagged yesterday on Facebook to write seven secrets of writing. I don't really have any writing secrets. I'm a work in progress, but here's some of what I've learned from the best with a few of my own:
1. Find a special place or time to write that’s good for you.
2. Nothing is written in stone. It will go through several drafts until the finished product. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect. You can change as much as you would like. Don’t be afraid to move things around, cut out whole scenes or chapters if they don’t fit.
3. Don’t get stuck on word count. Just write your story, no matter how long or how short.
4. Read, read, read. Read different genres. Read well written books.
5. Write, write, write. Write as much and as often as you can. Even if it’s a word, a sentence or a paragraph. Writing is not a marathon, you can take your time.
6. When editing your manuscript, print it and read it out loud.
7. Lastly, remember the reason you started writing in the first place.