Our second post on the Top Tips for Writing comes from the talented Shoohada Khanom.
Shoohada is on her way to releasing four brand new titles in the coming weeks with an online launch of her books taking place on Sunday 30th July 2017.
Reading mainstream picture books was one of the many inspirations for Shoohada to begin her writing career, and she landed herself with not one, two or even three, but four publishing contracts with Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.
“Reading tons of mainstream picture books definitely inspired me to write. The more I read, the more I thought about how wonderful it would be to have good, quality picture books for Muslims. Ones that are fun to read and most important look like mainstream books. I never ever in a million years thought I’d be a writer, the urge to write came shortly after, out of the blue.”
On being asked what her top 3 tips for writing are, this is what she had to say:
Just Write – “My first tip would be to write, just write! When I first started out writing, I preferred to use pen and paper and I still do to some extent. Now, I use my phone for quick write ups and first drafts. So I would say find what works best for you and start writing.”
Read – “My second tip would be to read, read the genre you’re writing for. Read best sellers, visit your local library and talk to the librarian. Find out what’s popular, what are people borrowing. You can also follow reviewers on social media and see what they’re all talking about and recommending. Try and read a book or two on how to write. I’ve read a handful of books on writing and I’m still open to reading more. They will give you a good break down in steps and things to expect on your journey, from writing to publishing.”
Use Beta Readers – “My third and final tip would be to find some beta readers. Preferably some writers, it’ll be nice to share your journey with others on the same path. Beta readers will give you feedback on your manuscript, you don’t have to take it all on board, but do take on the feedback that you feel will make your story stronger. I have been blessed to find people from all walks of life who help me with my stories, Alhamdulillah.”
Today a mother of six, Shoohada lives a busy life, splitting her days between her writing and her motherly responsibilities. Thank you to Shoohada for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide the above writing tips.
You can pre-order Shoohada’s books on Amazon by using the following link:
You may also follow her progress on her blog and her social media sites. You can get updates on the book launch at Djarabi’s facebook page linked below:
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