More Writing Tips!

First, why should you listen to me for advice on writing? John Beckman is not exactly a household word (in the houses where people actually read books). The answer is: you don’t have to. But I have been writing semi-successful fiction for fifty years. And just from longevity I have learned some tips and tricks that have proved useful. You can take them or leave them.
Tip: Read! I learned to devour books at an early age. Every good writer is a devout reader. But only read books that are examples of excellent writing. Don’t waste your time on trash, unless your purpose is entertainment only, instead of becoming a good writer. By absorbing, almost subconsciously, the skills of good writers you will find them slipping into your own work.
Tip: Ernest Hemingway said, “A first draft is shit.” Ernest had a way with words, didn’t he? What he was saying is a vital piece of advice. Re-write, re-write- and re-write. Only by constant rewriting will you achieve a succinct, tight, and fine novel. But don’t make the mistake of waiting too long to let it go. When I read some published work of mine, I wish I could rewrite it “just one more time” but you have to eventually let your baby go – or you will never publish anything.
More tips next blog if you want them – stay tuned. And keep writing!

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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