5 Writing Tips for Female Writers From a Woman Author
Words of wisdom to help you put pen to paper.
I’d like to think that the writing process is the same for both sexes, but the reality is that female writers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to putting pen to paper. Maybe you work full or part-time in addition to writing. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom or a swamped student aspiring to be published. No matter where you are in your journey, you need to respect yourself as a writer and give yourself the time and permission to hone your craft. The list below will help you do just that.
Here are our top tips to help you not just survive, but thrive in your writing endeavors:
Learn to say no. We all have 24 hours in a day. Figure out what is most important to you, and delegate the rest.
Take care of yourself. Only you can make yourself eat well, sleep enough and exercise consistently. I cannot stress enough how important these three components are. They are life and death. I know countless writers with serious health issues that stem from stress, lack of exercise and, dare I say, too much coffee. Gasp!
Find your people. We, as writers, are a special breed. We need to be around people who are like us and who understand us in order to stay inspired. Who doesn’t love talking about their writing challenges with someone who understands?
Improve your craft. Strive for excellence. Attend a writer’s conference or join a local writer’s group. Bonus: you’ll find your people there. Another way to improve your writing is by working with critique partners. Find at least one who is ahead of you in their writing journey.
Take time to smell the roses. If you are not enjoying the writing process, then figure out why, and fix it. I’ll share a recent example from my own writing. I was working on an original screenplay, and it was torture. But I had previously adapted two of my books to screenplay and loved it. A friend suggested I write a novella for the movie and then adapt it. This tweak transformed my writing process from dreadful to delightful, and it was so worth the extra step.
My book, The Sleuth’s Dilemma, features two strong female leads. Both deal with challenges head-on and work together to figure things out. You and I, as female writers, are no different. Here’s to owning our writing journeys and committing, whole-heartedly, to our craft.