What is even more foolish, is to not even try to write because you are afraid of making a fool of yourself. Go and write!
There are times when we write that words flow through us like a river of creativity. There are other times where the words are the last bit of ketchup at the bottom of the bottle. You need to remember that, with enough patience, the ketchup will come out. So, if today is a day where you write a thousand words, or two, forward is forward!
I’ll never forget my first rejection. I submitted twelve queries to prospective agents for a middle-grade novel that I was convinced would amaze the entire children’s publishing industry. After all, I'd spent two years doing my homework, attending conferences, meeting with a critique group, and I was ready to start a career as an author. My first mistake was sending out queries just before going on vacation. My second mistake was looking at my phone [...]
Do you think too much about what you're going to write? Wonder if an agent will like it? Or a publisher? Do you cross off ideas just because you think it won't sell? Don't waste valuable writing time by second-guessing your ideas and inspirations. Write what your heart is telling you to write.
Most authors do not begin as excellent writers. It's a life-long process. Here are some tips to help you improve: Writing takes practice. To get in the habit of doing it, follow tips one and two: Find your writing space. Have a comfortable space without distractions that’s conducive to writing. Create a writing ritual. Set aside a specific time each day or week that is used only for writing. Learn from others. Tips 3 through [...]
An idea may be in your head, your vision is clear, but you must remember these words from Roald Dahl. Now, get to work making your dreams come true!
It sounds so simple, but writers know how difficult it is to describe new settings and characters in a way that readers feel instantly comfortable with them. And finding new perspectives to familiar scenes and people so that it's fresh and exciting is hard too. There's a reason Samuel Johnson uses the word "powers". Good luck exercising your author super powers this week.
Every great book that is out there involved its author toiling through creating a first draft, submitting to their editor (or subbing to find an agent to believe in their vision), and making countless edits. Push through the struggles that come along the journey of writing. You can do it.