I’ve been writing stories and articles since I was a kid and one of the things I love about it is, my craft is constantly evolving.
There’salwaysroom for growth, but it’s up to you, the author, on whether you desire to apply yourself to your craft.
- Read. Yes, read. Every writer must read books. Why? Because writing is an art, and you can learn it from other authors. Also, say you write or want to write a romance novel. What better way to learn how to do it than to read stories in that genre? Reading also helps you get a grasp on the English language and teaches you what to do and not do. It exposes you to different writing styles. There are a lot of benefits to reading. I haven’t even scratched the surface on it. But trust me. You must be a reader in order to become a good writer.
- Write every day. This is how you find your voice. What I mean is every writer has their own way with words to where their personality comes through in one form or another. Recently, a fan of my books told me if she read a story that I’d written and didn’t see who the author was, she’d know it was me. So your voice isn’t the style or technique of writing, like one might presume, it’s an imprint of you on the pages. It’s your own uniqueness. For beginning writers, writing every day will help you find it. Also, writing every day is deliberate practice which will make you become a better writer.
- Write in a different genre. I’ve been writing paranormal romance/fantasy novels for years, then one day with a lot of thought behind it, I decided to write a fantasy novel (Legends of Deceit) with some paranormal elements in it. I’ve never written a story about a princess, king, warriors, dragon, fairies, trolls, etc. However, I knew if I wrote in a totally different genre, I’d gain new experience in the literary world, and I’d grow as a writer which I have. So I decided to not only write Legends of Deceit but write it as a two book series. In fact, I just completed the rough draft to the second book.
- Write something out of your comfort zone. You’ll never gain self-confidence or grow, if you remain in your comfort zone. When I decided to write Ameerah, I’m not going to lie . . . I was nervous as hell. I’d never written anything historical like what needed to be written in Ameerah. She was a flapper gal in the 1920s, so I had to do a lot of research. Thankfully, I love history and that time period. I was still tense and a bit insecure about writing her story, though, but then on the other hand, I was loving it all the same. My writing and skills as an author grew from stepping out of my comfort zone and taking on this project. And bonus, my readers were delighted and said things like the following . . . Reading this book had me envisioning this awesome book on screen. I could sense the everything in the air. I could hear the music in my ears, smell the cigarette smoke and taste the alcohol in between my lips. I loved how Rebekkah Ford made me feel like I was living in the 1920s . . . So stepping out of my comfort zone paid off for me and it will for you too.
Are you ready to become a better writer? Then let’s do this. Take your writing to the next level.
Updated Author Bio:
Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal world. Her parents Charlie and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to extraterrestrial cases.
Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing stories is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write tales dealing with the paranormal world.
Her fascination with the unknown is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes trilogy, its companion Tangled Roots,Ameerah, andLegends of Deceit.
Rebekkah is also a freelance writer for hire, an entrepreneur and digital nomad in the making. She believes we weren’t born to just pay bills and die. She plans to travel the United States in her RV full-time with her husband and cat (Church) as well as filming a documentary on it. Rebekkah loves to connect with her fans, so if you ever want to say hi, please do so. She’d love to hear from you.
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