Islamopedia has teamed up with some awesome Muslim Authors to bring you their inspiration and top tips for writing.
Each week we will share an author, their books, and their top tips for writing / publishing culminating in a final list of top tips to be published at the end of the series.
We hope that you find these posts beneficial, and perhaps it may inspire you into putting your own pen to the paper.
The first to feature in these posts is Ahmad Philips the creator of the comic strips and cartoon series The Muslims.
Ahmad says, “My greatest inspiration for writing is seeing the materials that are popular but have immoral teachings in them. I don’t want my kids wanting to be gods or magicians or superheroes. I want to create material that can be entertaining, teach Islam, and be an act of ibadah for me.”
So when we asked Ahmad for his top 3 tips for budding Muslim Authors this is what he had to say:
(1) Just write. If you’re to write for 10 or 20 years, for sure your writing will get better. Don’t worry about writing a masterpiece. Just keep writing.
(2) Stay focused. Remove all distractions. Put your phone on silent, and turn off your Wi-Fi. If you have roommates or family make sure they know not to disturb you. Likely they’ll disturb you even more! Finding those few hours in the day when everyone is asleep might be key.
(3) No excuses. It’s easy to come up with a million reasons why you can’t do something. I have no time, I lack the tools, I don’t know what to write etc.; No excuses, just do it!
Ahmad’s artwork will also be featuring in our forthcoming title ‘The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Madinah’ insha Allah.