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Five Tips for Writers

11 Jan

1. The story will not be written unless you take the time to write it.

We’ve all heard this in one form or another. Butt in chair. Fingers on keyboard. Write, write, write. And it’s true. Whether it’s ten minutes a day, one page or twenty pages a day, if you don’t put in the time the story will   remain in your head and not on paper.

 

2. Learn.

There is a wealth of information out there. Confused about show vs. tell? Google it. Want to have your hero be in the Coast Guard? Research it. Readers will know if you don’t. From beginning writers to New York Times Best Sellers, there are opportunities along the way to learn and improve.

 

3. Don’t Give Up.

It’s dang hard work to write a book and very easy to quit. Don’t do it. Don’t let go of that dream. Whether you’ve written your first book that eighty agents rejected or your publisher chose not to publish the fifth book in your series – do   not   give   up. This is your dream. Let it shine.

 

4. Believe in Yourself.

It goes hand in hand with not giving up. Writing is a solitary endeavor. It’s so easy to over-think a word or a phrase or a paragraph or the last eight chapters. But this is your story, your baby. Believe in it and yourself. Don’t let your inner critic take it away.

 

5. Celebrate your victories.

Have you finished your first chapter? Celebrate it! Maybe a 95,000 word book? Yippee! How about the first sale? WooHoo! Whatever your goals are, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back, do a happy dance, have a glass of wine or throw a party. Acknowledge your accomplishments, they’re the  steps that take us through the journey.

 

Any other tips that you have?

 

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10 Comments

Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Idaho

 

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10 responses to “Five Tips for Writers

  1. Betsy Love Lds Author

    January 11, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    Join a critique group, either online or in person. They can help your story really shine.

    Read! Especially in your genre. You will learn as much from reading a bad book as a great one.

     
  2. Meredith Conner

    January 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Excellent tips as well! Thanks for commenting.

     
  3. Liz Fredericks

    January 11, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    I agree on the critique group and reading. Meredith, your list is very good. I suppose I’d add that though writing is a solitary endeavor, we need the network of support provided best by other writers who understand.

     
  4. ramblingsfromtheleft

    January 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Meredith, your five tips and the two previous comments cover most of the territory. While we celebrate our victories, we also need to celebrate the victories of our fellow writer, and most of all, I love the process. Even the worries, doubts, fear and constant revisions … the worst of it is a joy because I am finally doing what my heart has longed, my soul craved and my mind sought. Enjoy the landscape around you as you journey 🙂

     
  5. Lynn Mapp

    January 11, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Five Rules to Live By…the title of your poster for living (not just writing). Thank you. We need all the positive words to keep us going.

     
  6. Peggy Staggs

    January 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I’m really disappointed in number one. I was so hoping it would.
    The only think I’d add is the RIGHT critique group. My critique group is not only there for me with my writing, but as good friends. I’m talking about the kind of good friends who will look at me over their glasses and say, “Really? What were you thinking?” I love them all.

     
  7. Janis

    January 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Release any envy you might feel for a fellow writer who succeeds. You wouldn’t want to succeed with their voice and their story. You want to shine with yours. The unique YOU. It really IS apples and oranges. It doesn’t mean you aren’t worthy or as talented.

     
  8. Clarissa Southwick

    January 11, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Great tips, Meredith. I especially liked the one about research 🙂 I’m reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and I’m amazed by how much research he must have done. It really makes the story come alive.

     
  9. Mary Vine

    January 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Lots of great things here. I’d say start your website now, so you will be ready when you are published. I took me awhile afterwards to get it going, slowed me down.

     
  10. Marsha R. West

    January 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Great positive post, Meredith. It’s all about keeping on keeping on, helping each other through the tough times, and celebrating each and every little or large milestone.

     

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