It can be exciting to plunge into a writing career, but at the same time, it can also be quite daunting. Are you just starting to write, or are thinking about it? Check out these three basic tips to get you started and help you cross the finish line to publication.
1. Commit Yourself
If you want to be a writer, if you want to be published, you need to put in the time. It doesn’t happen magically, despite us wishing it would. Treat it like any other job where you need to put in the hours and learn and improve as you go. As a Professional Fitness Competitor, I had no choice but to train and diet six days a week. There was NO OPTION. Now I treat my writing (ediitng, researching, outlining) the same way. There’s no option, no excuse. You just have to do it.
2. Support Group
Gather supportive people around you, whether you join a writing group, create one yourself, or simply keep close any of those people who will cheer you along. I’ve found my support people by attending workshops, writing retreats, conferences and conventions, which I also highly recommend. Writing is NOT easy. When times are tough, those in your support group can give you the applause, shoulder to cry on or give you the kick in the butt that you need.
In order to submit something, it has to be your very best work. That means, first, you need to finish it. Yes, finish it! Finish that short story or novel and then revise it until it’s your absolute best work at that time. Then, send it in. Don’t be afraid of rejection letters. They are merely stepping stones (or ladder rungs, whichever you prefer) on your road to publication. Celebrate each rejection because it means you finished something, polished it the best you could and sent it out into the world! That’s worth throwing a rejection letter party.