Heralded as the youngest best selling author, Christopher Paolini at only 15 years old had graduated high school and set his sights on creating the wonderful world of Alagaesia. By 18 he was touring the country with his book Eragon when he caught the eye of fellow author Carl Hiaasen which propelled into the public eye. His series, The Inheritance cycle, would go on to boast two best sellers and inspired readers worldwide with Paolini’s captivating characters and detailed world building typical of a style that the young author worked diligently from a very young age to hone. Hoping to help other aspiring writers, he has been very open with the tips and tricks he has learned.
This will inspire you to write your best and keep working if you temporarily lose confidence. Take the ideas and feelings that are important to how you live and use them as the basis of your writing. If, however, the prospect of weaving your own story doesn’t make your blood burn with excitement, find an easier profession. Writing is for the obsessed.
Instead of “The deadline was missed by the applicant.” Write “The applicant missed the deadline.” The noun should direct the verb in a straightforward manner. There are few exceptions.
Say only what you need to convey your point.
No one gets things right the first time. Ask an author, English teacher, or other knowledgeable person to read and edit your manuscript. Because he or she is not emotionally tied to the book, they will be able to point out ways to improve your work. Don’t take the comments personally, but try to learn from them.
Read it clearly, paying attention to missing words and listening to the flow of the words and sentences. Do they make sense? Can they be improved? Remember that you are trying to get what is in your head onto the page and into your reader’s head.
Create the adventure you would have loved to read about as a child- it can be a silly poem or a fantastical story but make it yours!