Tips and Ideas for the budding Writer

Tips and Ideas for the budding Writer, guest post by Lonna Enox

What advice would you give budding writers?  Budding writers should do just that—write!  I’ve always kept journals, write letters, write ideas for characters and stories. 

Another bit of advice is to ‘people watch’.  I have watched strangers in a mall, the park, the movie theatre, etc… always imagining what their name would be, what their profession would be, why they were happy or frowning, etc.

Tips and Ideas for the budding Writer, guest post by Lonna Enox
Do your research, when I’m writing I always do my due diligence.  For The Last Dance I interviewed law enforcement professionals, including police department detectives, sheriff, patrolmen, and police photographers.  Some are current, some are retired.  I research things my characters will encounter.

Doing your research will help you develop your characters.  The hardest characters for me to write are the criminals, as I don’t want them to be stereotypical, and getting into the criminal mind is a ‘foreign’ experience for me.  In your book you will always have characters you can relate to easier, in The Last Dance I was able to write about some characters who have a background with which I am familiar…like Sorrel, Mr. Byrd, and Will.

I seldom get writer’s block. However, it does happen, or me when this happens sometimes I write a letter to someone to get my mind flowing.  Other times, I will make a journal entry, something often that has no relation to anything in my book.  When I have finished it, I realize that I have either solved a problem for a character…or raised a question.

Tips and Ideas for the budding Writer, guest post by Lonna Enox
Lonna Enox is a former high school and college English instructor. She grew up on a ranch in New Mexico, where she learned to love critters, reading, and "wide open" spaces. She is a wife, mom, and grandmother, as well as the proud owner of 4 rescue pets--3 cats and a dog. Aside from an early stint as a newspaper reporter, she also spent 10 years as a freelance magazine writer. She is happiest exploring a wildlife refuge, cuddling little ones and critters, or snuggled up reading a good mystery. Lonna is a professional writer with over 250 printed articles in a variety of national and regional magazines. She has written in several genres and The Last Dance is her debut mystery.

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