TIPS FOR YOUNG WRIT­ERS

7 Days in Dubai - - COMMUNITY - From Rachel Hamil­ton, the au­thor of Uni­corn in New York

KEEP ON WRIT­ING!

It’s easy to get dis­cour­aged and give up. Don’t! If you spoke to the au­thor of your favourite book, they’d tell you the first ver­sion they wrote was aw­ful. Stick with it.

WRITE WHAT YOU’D LOVE TO READ

Don’t fol­low trends, they pass too fast. You’ll be spend­ing a lot of time with this tale so choose a plot and char­ac­ters that will fas­ci­nate you - even when you’re on third or fourth draft.

READ YOUR WORK OUT LOUD

You’ll pick up mis­takes quicker, recog­nise dodgy di­a­logue and come to ap­pre­ci­ate the rhythm of your words.

FIND YOUR OWN VOICE

You don’t want to be the sec­ond best David Wal­liams. You want to be the first best you.

SHARE YOUR WORK WITH OTH­ERS

Sto­ries are for telling. Make yours the best it can be and then set it free - en­ter com­pe­ti­tions, see if you can get pub­lished. Get your name out there, find out what peo­ple think of it.

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