Most people tend to believe that having an artistic temperament makes it easy to write or draw or paint or even sing. But unfortunately that is not the case; all writers including most of the greatest writers of our times have failed and continued trying to produce work that truly stood out. Authors often receive rejection letters from publishers for work which have later turned out to be a best seller. One of the most famous recent examples of this would be J.K. Rowling’s attempt to get a publisher for the Harry Potter books. Around a dozen, publishers rejected her before Bloomsbury Publishing House in the UK accepted her manuscript. Vladimir Nabokov was also not spared for his book Lolita which later on sold around fifty million copies in addition to being considered an example of classic literature.
Sylvia Plath, Tim Burton, Gertrude Stein, Marcel Proust are all world renown authors who have faced rejections for their books. The common denominator among all of these great authors is their ability to overcome criticism and rejection before reaching the finishing point. Some writing tips from famous authors which may help you with your writing process have been mentioned below:
· The first draft of any book should never be submitted to the publisher.
· Do not use jargon words like attitudinally, demassification, etc. They tend to drive away potential readers.
· Learn to take criticism in your stride. Use it and make your work better rather than mourn over it.
· Read, read and read more books before you attempt to start writing anything.
· Do not wait to be inspired, keep writing and inspiration will arrive when its time.
· Try not to use any semicolons in your drafts. It makes the book seem pretentious to the readers.
· Writing a book has often been described as an arduous and extremely exhaustive struggle, be prepared for ups and downs during the writing process.
Make use of the tips mentioned below to step up your writing!