My Advice to New Writers

I've written these things before, but I keep getting asked the same question, so here goes again.

1. Read the kind of books you want to write.

2. Learn the writing craft by:
a. Reading books on how to write
b. Go to writers conferences
c. Join a critique group

3. Be willing to take criticism.

4. Write the whole book. The first book you write may not be one you will sell.

5. Once the book is done, start at the beginning and edit--you may find yourself rewriting, and that's okay.

6. When you think you are all done, have someone read it who knows about writing and the genre you are writing in. (Not your mom or your husband or best friend, unless they are an expert in writing.)

7. Listen to what they have to say.

8. When you think your book is ready to send out, find an agent or publisher who publishes the kind of book that you've written, follow their guidelines for submitting. (If you don't, you might as well forget it, you'll get a rejection right off.)

9. Once you've sent off your queries, start writing the next book.

10. If you really want to be a writer, don't give up.



Vicki Rocho said…
excellent advice!
Thanks, Lorna and Larry, and Vicki, it was simple, but what I think are the basic ideas.

Judi said…
Thanks for the reminders, Marilyn.

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