What three tips would you give to a new writer to help them along their journey?
This is Giving Advice to Writers Week on the blog, so, first, to recap:
On Monday, Meredith advised writers to:
1) Write a lot.
2) Be patient.
3) Become part of the writing community.
I agree wholeheartedly.
On Tuesday, R.J. advised writers to:
1) Never look back when writing (to prevent getting bogged down in re-writing).
2) Throw something unexpected into the story, if you get stuck.
3) Immerse their characters into their surroundings, when describing their settings.
More excellent advice.
Yesterday, Tracy advised writers to:
1) Get independent feedback and join a writer’s group.
2) Remember that rejection isn’t personal.
3) Keep writing, no matter how unmotivated you may be (or how much Pinterest might be tempting you).
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Now it’s my turn to pontificate, which is difficult because my esteemed blogmates have mentioned some very helpful hints. However, I shall dig deep and give some advice not yet delivered.
So, writers, heed my words:
1) Read a lot. Not only do you have to write a lot, I believe you have to read a lot, too. Don’t stick solely to your preferred or favorite genres, but read in a wide variety of genres and styles. The more you read, the more well-rounded you will become.
2) Take a writing workshop (or two). Learn from someone who’s done it before. Get a look inside the meatgrinder (steel yourself first!) as you critique other workshoppers’ pages. Getting your own work critiqued will help build rhino hide, which so important for writers.
3) Go to conferences and conventions. Talk to other writers to get a glimpse of their writing process. Form a support network. Meet potential critique partners. Learn about how the craft of writing and the business of publishing relate to each other. Develop your drinking abilities in the bar.
Here’s a “bonus” piece of advice: Learn accounting and the principles of financial investing. You’re going to need that knowledge to properly handle the windfall that comes with being a writer! (Well, all my nuggets of advice can’t be winners.)
Now, go forth and write!