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For Aspiring Writers

Must list for writers

I polled a group of published authors for the most important things aspiring authors should know about writing and this is what we came up with. Enjoy!

Compiled by eight publishing authors
  1. Learn the craft or mechanics of writing. Read books about writing, go to school, join critique groups.
  2. Know the know the market you're aiming for.
  3. Read voraciously, especially in the genre you want to write. Read books that are better than those you can write so that you can stretch and improve. (One writer said, "I don't trust writers who don't read. It's like cooks that don't eat. It's just . . . wrong.")
  4. Research your topic so you know what you're writing about.
  5. Be passionate about what you're writing.
  6. Write—even when you don't have the time. Set a schedule and stick to it.
  7. Show your work to other people who will give it an honest assessment. Don't be afraid to receive criticism. Use it to make your work better. You absolutely cannot see all the flaws in your own work (and neither can your mom). Be humble enough to accept suggestions and trust your inner voice to tell you what should change and what should stay. (Keep in mind if readers don't understand what you're trying to say, it's YOUR fault not theirs.)
  8. Re-writing can be a fun adventure!
  9. Network with other writers.
  10. Know your goals. Are you writing to publish? To change lives? For your posterity? For the love of writing?
  11. Find joy in the writing process, recognizing the value of getting stories down on paper no matter what happens to them after that.
  12. Get right back into it after rejection. Develop a tough skin.
  13. Understand that being a writer doesn't only include writing. Learn the whole business.
  14. Do as much publicity as possible once you are published.
  15. Take time to smell the roses every so often. Do not focus so much on writing that you burn out. That won't help your stories!
  16. Persistence. Every writer who persists will become published.