Alhamdu Lillah we are now in the month of Dhul Hijjah and we aim to continue our series on Top Writing Tips for a few more weeks before concluding the series insha Allah.
We will also continue with the #Giveaways and therefore keep your eyes peeled on our Social Media platforms insha Allah.
This weeks top tips has been provided by Zaahied Sallie the co-author of the children’s book ‘We Love to Play Pray.’
Zaahied shares the following writing tips with our readers:
Allah swears by the pen. Expression of this kind in the Quran is called ‘waaw al qasm’. Allah only makes an oath on something that is of great importance.
Therefore, when we write, we are following the best of traditions.
With this in mind, we understand that writing in itself – if pure – is an act of worship.
When writing, bear the following in mind:
The first draft should be from the heart.
Try to step away from that first draft for a couple of weeks. Put it aside and let it ‘simmer’. When you look at it again, approach it as objectively as possible. Your first draft will most likely be the first of many. Your original draft will certainly not be the final draft.
Write every day even if it is only five lines, even if it is only for 30 minutes. Try and set a time for writing when the home is at its quietest. Alternatively find a quiet place to write, outside of the home. A library is usually a good option or a park or cosy spot on the beach!
Read every day and read a wide variety of books. The greatest tool for writing is reading.
Become intimate with the dictionary and thesaurus. Learn a new word every day.
Familiarise yourself with successful books within the genre you wish to write.
Quality in the design and artwork is imperative when writing children’s books. Do not compromise on quality in any way.
Be brave and think outside of the box.
JazakAllahu Khair to Zaahied for sharing your tips above. We will be doing a Giveaway of their book this week and therefore keep an eye out for that on the blog and on social media insha Allah.
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