WRITING, PUBLISHING

Advice for aspiring authors

Occasionally, I get asked for advice, so I thought I would pen my thoughts down for aspiring authors, rather than repeating my advice over and over again.

Shawn Seah
5 min readJun 17, 2021

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Yesterday, I received a call from a kind, generous, and entrepreneurial friend, whom I had not heard from in a long time. It turns out that he wanted advice for aspiring authors, and I was the first person who came to his mind. Naturally, I was delighted to share my advice on a topic I love writing and talking about.

Almost immediately after I had put down the phone, I received another call again. And it was another good friend asking for assistance on another type of writing. Essentially, he wanted to ask about how he could develop a particular type of narrative to thread together several essays he had written.

I have decided to help myself help others by coming up with a few simple pieces of general advice. I hope such advice can help aspiring authors think through carefully what they want to do; why they want to do it; and how they will do it.

First, accept that writing is creative work. This is true regardless of the type of writing, whether narrative non-fiction piece, fiction, or poetry. Because writing…

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Shawn Seah

Singaporean writer and public speaker, passionate about education, social issues, and local history and community stories.