A strange post from someone who still has yet to be published, I suppose. Yes, writers are are about to publish their very first book or still have yet to be published are considered new writers. I fall under the category of a new writer since I still have yet to receive a publishing contract. Anyway, I am going to give some very helpful tips to those who newly discovered their interest in the pursuit of writing. These are tips I have learned as a blossoming writer.
- Decide what you like to write about. Do you like fiction or nonfiction? Your options are many, and they include: magazine articles, novels, novellas, books, short stories, newspapers(journalism), newsletters, blogs, and speeches. Once you choose a certain field of writing, you have a wide variety of subjects and genres to select from. Don’t be afraid to choose multiple fields of writing just as some writers choose to write a variety of different genres. Versatility is actually an indication of a broad mind.
- Read. There is no substitute for broadening your vocabulary and developing language skills. Also, you will develop many good ideas that will give you the fabric you need to fabricate your creativity.
- Write. Yes, everyday with the exception of sick days and holidays. If you want to take one day out of every week off from writing as a day to relax, that is quite all right. Truth be told, I do that myself. It gives me a chance to let my brain rest and perhaps give me fresh ideas for Monday. Word of advice: stick to a word count. When agents and publishers ask for the length of a book, story, or article, they are concerned with the word count. So, I strongly recommend you keep a word count. Hemingway wrote 700 words a day. I think that is a sufficient amount of writing to do on a daily basis. Others may feel differently. All the same, fifty words doesn’t make the cut, and 5,000 words may be overwhelming.
- Take advice from a previously published author. Like I said in my previous post, “Useless writing advice” why would take advice from someone who is not in the writing field like you are.
- Be educated. It is important that you can share and communicate your knowledge with your readers intelligently. My suggestion would be to either earn a degree in English Literature, English Composition, or even Creative writing. Being an autodidact is also an option, too. Just make sure you are registered for audit classes in the three subjects above. Additional writing classes will be very helpful, too.
- Be prepared to receive criticism for your work. Constructive criticism, of course. Constructive criticism is not to say that you are bad writer, it’s to help you hone your skills and further develop your talent. Be sure that you are able to discern the difference between constructive criticism and negativity. Avoid negativity or discouragement.
- When it’s time for you to get published. Remember, never internalize rejection. Every author has been rejected many times, before they have mad the bestseller list or became worthy of literary merit. I will admit that after ten or eleven months, I still haven’t been accepted by a literary agent.
- Perseverance and confidence. If you want to be a successful as a writer, you need to have faith in your own abilities and focus on achieving your end goal. You will achieve status as a published writer, I guarantee that.