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10 TIPS FOR NEW WRITER’S

In for writer's on July 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm

 

writerSo you have decided to be a writer. I’m betting you have writing for a long time or have wanted to. You finally woke up one day and said OK I am going to do it. You sat at your computer and stared at the screen and then thought what the hell I do now. You may have even found this with Google search on how to be a writer. Before you read any further I want you to take a deep breath and repeat these words. I AM A WRITER. Say it a few times and get comfortable with saying it, till it sounds natural. Trust me it will get easier. All writers start out as newbies and unknowns. I am going to give you a few tips that help me out in the beginning and that I still use from time to time.

1 WRITE DAILY

It doesn’t matter what you write as long as you write, even if you only write a paragraph. Don’t worry about if it’s good or not. They say practice makes perfect and it is true. The more you write the better you will get. It will become habit and soon it will become part of your daily life like your morning coffee.

2 READ OFTEN

If you don’t read you can’t write well. Everyone has their own style. Reading other peoples work will help you start to discover your style. You can learn a lot from other writers. There is no one set way to string sentences together or words to use. In the beginning you may emulate a favorite author and that’s OK. Believe me your own voice will start to emerge.

3 DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
I remember in the beginning thinking, “I don’t write as well as this person” “I am not as successful as this person”. If you think like this for too long you will psych yourself out. Self-doubt is normal just don’t live there. Don’t try to be the next Stephen King, just be you. Compete only with yourself. It’s about being the best writer you can be. Enjoy the small triumphs and celebrate them. If you write a short story, or a poem share it be proud that you finished it.

4 LOOK OUT FOR SCAMS
The internet is full of people looking to cash in on people’s writing dreams. Do your research!!!!!
People will pay you for your work. Never pay to get a job. There are clubs and course that charge and there is nothing wrong with that. Some are helpful. Stephen King’s web site suggests https://www.writersmarket.com/LearnMore.aspx. There is a fee. If any person or web site tell you they have the secrets to success for a price I would steer clear. Most will just take your money and the only thing you will get is egg on your face.

5 JOIN A WRITER’S GROUP
If you have one in your local community join, If not join a group online. Writers groups give you a place to get feedback on your writing. No one like’s criticism but it is necessary to improve your skills. You will also find helpful links and make some friends. Try these two to start.
http://www.writerscafe.org
http://www.writerscarnival.ca

6 DON’T GIVE UP
Writing is a hard business and can be lonely. You will have moments when you want to through in the towel. You have to really want it. Submit your work, enter contest, start a blog, do it consistently. Expect rejection letters. Trust me you will get many. Just keep writing and pushing forward.

7 BE BOLD
Do not listen to people that say you can’t or that you are doing it wrong. If you have always wanted to be published in the New Yorker, Do it. Submit what you think is your best work. GO BIG OR GO HOME. Put your eye on the prize and go for it. The most successful people I know became that way by being relentless.

8 WRITE WHAT YOU WANT
You will get so much advice you will be confused. If your dream is to write a Novel, write it. Don’t let someone tell you that you must freelance first. If you want to be a poet be a poet. You will hear people say pick one genre and stick with it. That’s a load of bull. While its true most of us find a genre we tend to be drawn to you don’t have to be pigeonholed by it. My thing is horror and poetry. I jump away from that whenever the mood strikes. You find what you like the best, know what you want to say and then say it!

9 EDIT, EDIT, EDIT AND REWRITE
No one ever writes a good first draft. Write it then edit, then rewrite and repeat. If you need to find a beta reader. Try not to use close friends they mean well but won’t be able to tell you that something sucks. Sometimes we need to hear that, so we can fix it.

10 YOU ARE A WRITER
I mentioned this early. If you are already writing even if no one has seen it you are already a writer. The hardest person to convince of this will be you. I remember one of the first times my sister introduced me as, her Sister the writer. I thought I would be sick. Of course the person asked what do you write, who do you work for. My reply, I write horror but I also freelance. That was it the career went from struggling artist to, I am a writer. It has been nonstop from there. If you wake up thinking about writing you are a writer. If you write every day you are a writer. Keep saying it to yourself, and then say it to others. If this is what you dream of doing then you just have to go for it.

I am available via email if you need some encouragement or have something you would like me to read. contact me at tsfosterauthor@gmail.com

You can also post your work for free here

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Write-to-live/272367732947036?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark

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