Lauren Beukes's Top 5 Writing Tips

Lauren Beukes’s Top 5 Writing Tips


Writers Write shares writing tips and resources. In this post, we share South African author Lauren Beukes’s Top 5 Writing Tips.

Lauren Beukes is a South African novelist, short story writer, journalist, and television scriptwriter. She was born 5 June 1976.

She is the author of The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters.

She shared her top five writing tips with us when we hosted her at a Writers Write dinner in 2014. You can read the full interview here: The Writers Write Interview – Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes’s Top 5 Writing Tips

  1. Finish the damn book. You don’t know what you have until you’ve finished it. You don’t know how to fix it until it’s all down on the page.
  2. There is no magical motivation fairy. Success is 10% talent, 10% luck, and 80% blood, sweat, tears, and determination.
  3. If you want to write you won’t find the time, you will make the time. I wrote a novel at night when I had a three-month-old daughter and a full-time job.
  4. Remember that first drafts are always messy, but you can fix them.
  5. You learn how to write by writing. I found having a deadline worked well for me when I was studying creative writing at UCT.

You can read the full interview here: The Writers Write Interview – Lauren Beukes

Source for image: Writers Write events.

TIP: If you want help writing a book, buy The Novel Writing Exercises Workbook.

 by Amanda Patterson

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TIP: If you want help writing a book, buy The Novel Writing Exercises Workbook.