Friday, November 5, 2010
Advice for Hopeful Writers
To answer this question I could list the obvious necessities for writing. For example, get yourself a pen, some paper, lots of passion, even more perseverance… and don’t forget the chocolate.
I could advise they learn about the craft – learn about the basics of grammar, punctuation. Learn about plotting and character development. Learn to listen to the words, build a strong vocabulary and understand sentence structure.
I could express the need to also read. Don’t just read novels within the targeted genre, but also read anything and everything. Reading teaches and inspires.
I could warn the hopeful writer to learn about the publishing industry, to know the market, to understand the genre of choice.
I could encourage them to also build an online presence, to start networking, to attend writer’s conferences.
There is so much a hopeful writer can do to become the writer they dream about. They can research copious amounts, attend a mountain of workshops, they can sign up to courses and become a famous networker, but if they don’t write, then they have nothing.
And so, my best advice to any hopeful writer is WRITE. And keep writing!
What advice would you give to any hopeful writers? What's the best advice you've ever received?