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Tips for New Writers

July 20, 2016

Even with the publication of my poetry book, Stygian, I am still a fledgling author, but still feel I can offer worthwhile advice to beginning writers from my own experiences.

Read everything you can on the subjects of writing, editing, publishing, and b building your platform, which is where readers will get to know you and your work. I read “How to Write A Novel” from Reader’s Digest several times, almost back to back. I’ve had several updated versions of “Writer’s Market,” also from Reader’s Digest. This last book is a good way to find magazines, both on-line and print, that might publish your work.

Hear are a few other book suggestions:
“The Power of Point of View: make your story come to life” by Alicia Rasley
“Make A Scene: Crafting a powerful story one scene at a time” by Jordan Rosenfeld
“A Writer’s Guide to Characterization: archetypes, heroics, and other elements of dynamic character development” By Victoria Lynn Schmidt

I’ve selected these three books, because they are the most important elements of making your ideas come to life in a story. Descriptive scenery, strong characters, and knowing which P.O.V. are all important.

For information on platform, see “Build Your Author Platform” by Carole Jolene and Michael McCallister.

Write, write, write. Put your ideas on paper. You may have to go over a piece several times before it begins to resemble a story. Sometimes you may just have to put it away for awhile, which leads to my next piece of advice.

Don’t throw your words away. Organize it in folders on your computer or in a file drawer or box. You may be inspired later to complete the story. I made the mistake of throwing away about 35 handwritten pages to a story I decided was going nowhere, then one night I was laying in bed waiting to fall asleep, and I figured out how to make the story work. One of these days, I’ll get back to rewriting the entire thing, but I lost a lot of the original detail and plot. If you are a prolific writer, the day may come when you have to “clean house”—just use discretion.

Keep reading, keep writing. As an artist, you are always learning and growing. Remember, it’s a very tough business that requires a lot of passion and dedication. There are a lot of artists, including myself, trying to “break out” in this notoriously difficult business. On those late nights after work or while you lock yourself in your room all weekend, give it all you’ve got or you won’t make it.

Good luck and remember, it’s a lot of work, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun.

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2 Comments
  1. Great tips!

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  2. Thank you.

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