So you want to be a writer. I’ve been writing now for many years, but published my first book eight years ago. I had joined writing groups when I was younger and taken online courses, but the main ingredient in being a writer, is to get words onto paper. I always remember being told at the start of my career that you can’t edit a blank page. This is so true. Getting those words down, however imperfect they are at the start, is moving in the right direction towards completing a piece of work.
My advice to new writers:
- Find a quiet place to write at first, with no distractions.
- Set a desk timer and try to write a few words within that time. This may help with self-discipline.
- Set yourself achievable writing goals.
- Write the first draft before editing (this doesn’t work for everyone, but saves time).
- Be selective over beta readers, as confidence can be easily destroyed and writing is very subjective.
- Find your writing tribe for support. There is a huge online writing community and you could possibly discover local writing groups too. Stave off isolation by connecting with other writers to chat to. Join Facebook groups and most importantly, have fun!
You are welcome to join my book group for writers, where you can meet other readers, writers and get marketing tips. Click the photo link to find out more.
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