When you make the proclamation, to yourself, that you are officially a writer; some things can prove to be a bit overwhelming at times. Especially when you are mezmerized by a blank computer screen and all the ideas you had start running everywhere except to those computer keys. Writing is a lifelong journey where, along the way, you will find that great writers never stop learning or striving to perfect their craft. Let’s try to deconstruct the complexity of this elusive craft known as writing in an attempt to help those that are new to the trade take leaps forward instead of tripping over misinformation.
- Write Consistently. As I’ve said in many of my previous posts, it is imperative that you write something everyday. The more I’ve contemplated, this is the first writing rule to live by. Come hades or high water write! That’s what writers do. When a thought pops into your head, write it down. If a word suddenly sparks an idea, write it down. If you can’t sleep and are watching a movie and you get a creative vibe, start writing. If it is only a title, write it down. Chances are you will get the the substance for the essay, poem, book or movie script later. Writing must become a daily habit if you are to take writing seriously.
- Be a bookworm. It is duly noted by many famous authors that reading is essential to your writing style. They read as a form of research and development. As a means of perfecting their craft and challenging their writing prowess. Read the genre you write to hone your own technique. You cannot write well if you do not read well.
- Not everyone is going to like your work.There will always be some critic somewhere who is not going to like your work for whatever reason. But that’s okay. Because at the end of the day if you have a passion for writing, you’ve given it you very best, and you are pleased with how it turned out. After the one hundredth edit. So long as you know you gave it your very best. That’s all anyone can expect. Don’t let opinions get inside of your head until all the good books you could write are on the outside floating in clouds of doubt and fear.
- The bookstore is your best market guide. There are numerous websites with advice about marketing. To tell the truth, it can be somewhat confusing. This is why it is best for you to know the market inside and out for yourself. Forget about online market listings. You must allot a significant amount of time in looking at actual books, studying what sort of work each publisher distributes. One desiring to be an author should have the ability to not only name their favorite contemporary Science Fiction and Fiction authors, but also be able to name each of their publishers. And understand why they were published by that particular house and not another.
- Tell your story. Give your readers your knowledge in your own words. That’s all they want. An author who speaks to them in a clear, concise and authentic manner. Which would stand to reason since you probably like the writers you do because they remain true to themselves. They allowed their real voice to permeate their writings. And those readers can tell, like you, they weren’t copycats. Because it doesn’t take a true reader long to understand when someone isn’t being real with them. Always allow the uniqueness of who you are to come through your point of view.
- Never start your career with media tie-ins. Media tie-in books are books that are based on existing movies or TV series. The media in “media tie–in” is referencing those movies or TV shows that the book is based on while “tie–in” just means that the book is connected to those movies or TV shows by using the same characters and settings. You will find these to be more of a dead end instead of entry work. Whatever you do please write your own completely original work.
- Spend time on your theme. Always remember. Theme is the story element that is the most important aspect of your writing. A book may be poorly written in almost every way. But, because it is about something in particular that is a reinterpertation of an old story—it now becomes new to readers. Therefore, the quality of the plot or the prose are forgiven because of the consideration of your theme in what you said.
We hope this advice encourages you. Like a buffet take what you need and leave the rest. But most of all don’t stop because perserverance is the game writers play to win. And the only way you can lose is if you stop playing. So keep pecking those keys and don’t give up!
Until next week…Blessings and Peace!
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