Write from the heart! If you don't love what you are writing, chances are other people won't love it either. So put yourself into your book--your passions, your fears, your experiences. And write something you love.
You've been through a lot of good times and bad times, right? True love, death, financial struggles, perfect days at the lake, world crisis . . . yeah, you've all been through some of that. So you know how it feels, both the good and the bad. Well, use in your writing the emotions you experienced because nothing sounds truer than the truth. I don't mean write what you went through! I mean, write something new for your character, but pull from your vast emotional pool to show us how your character feels!
And for a recap of all the things I wish I knew when I started . . .
#1 Less is more, especially in YA!
#2 The delete button is your friend. Cherish it. Love it! USE IT!
#3 Writing the initial manuscript is only the tip of the iceberg. The real work is the rewriting!
#4 Take criticism and learn to use it! You'll be a better writer for it.
#5 Give your story time to come out. Your amazing brain will improve upon it, like a cheese growing richer over time.
#6 You can change anything in your writing. Remember, there are no limits!
And on another note,
I'm listed on Goodreads!
SHIFTING is currently listed without its amazing cover, but that will be coming in the near future (and it is swoon-worthy). So, if you want to know a bit more about my book, go check out Goodreads for the blurb, and if it sounds like something you might enjoy, mark it as to-read.