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How To Get Started - Walter Shillington's Author's Workshop

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No doubt you already have an interesting story in mind.  What you need to do next is commit your tale to paper.  Before you begin it is best to find a comfortable place to work and set up a writing schedule you can adhere to.

I like to lock the front door, unplug the telephone and write, non-stop, for hours.  That works for me but, for most, this is impractical.  What you should do is set aside a specific amount of time – each day if possible – to work on your book.  Try to pick a time when you expect minimal interruptions.  Once a daily routine is established, you will make steady progress.

You will need a word processor.  The standard is Microsoft Word and, if you can afford it, I recommend you purchase the Microsoft Office Suite.  If not, check out free applications such as Open Office.

When I write I keep the website open in the background.  This site is useful for finding synonyms for words I overuse.  

One final point; you should write about what you know.  Otherwise your work will be delayed as you painstakingly research your subject.   I should know.  I spent most of a day pouring over maps in an attempt to plan the route of two of my characters across the United States.  In the end I still got it wrong!

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