by Laura Peters
As ever, there is a constant wave of fresh talent washing up on the shores of the ever-embittered world of writers. More established writers might worry about the competition but, really, we should trying to help our less experienced comrades reach their full potential. A broader range of perspectives helps us all become better writers, after all. So, here are five things all fledgling authors need to hear.
You have to write on a regular basis
You might have heard that you have to write every day, or even that you have to hit a word count every day. However, different writers work to different schedules and there’s nothing wrong with that. When looking at how much you have to write every day, you need to figure out when you’re at your most productive and creative and try to build your schedule around that. What is important, however, is that you write often enough to build those creative muscles.
You have to get out there
No-one is going to find your magnum opus if it’s tucked away on a blog that isn’t getting marketed. If you want to succeed as a writer, you have to play the game. There are great guides on how to write a book and get it published that are worth taking a closer look at. What’s most important is that you’re taking the time to get in touch with editors and publishers, and getting your writing in their hands. You won’t always get it read but your chances are much bigger than if you’re to use your manuscript as a doorstop.
You have to accept rejection
It will always sting. It will always put you in a bad mood. But learning how to accept rejection is vital because it is exceedingly rare that a writer will never be rejected. Good editors and publishers will even help you grow from your rejection if they spot potential, so don’t let a fear of rejection hold you back from getting out there.
You have to get used to the idea of rewrites
So many writers get demoralized on the second go around. You might realize just how much of your book doesn’t work, and how much is going to have to be rewritten as a result. However, it’s an essential part of the process and almost always for the good of the book, so it’s vital you get used to it.
You have to read
“Writers read.” That’s all that really needs to be said on the matter. You’re going to build an innate sense of what feels good to read and what jars with you, the more you read. Read broadly, too, outside of your preferred genres. You will find yourself picking up the best traits from a wide spectrum of writers and books.
The above tips are going to help new writers not only find success in their writing but they can also help them find success in a career, as well. The five tips above don’t encompass everything a writer needs to know, but they are some of the biggies.
Guest post contributed by Laura Peters.