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Deborah Bedford BooksHow To Start Writing

Advice on Writing

The truth is, all writers are different. And the best advice or tip that can be given here is very simple: be yourself; everyone else is already taken (c). When Oscar Wilde said these words, he perfectly knew and understood what they were about: even if we all are in the same business – business of writing – there still can't be two writers with the same careers. Each of us has our own path, dreams, writing style, expectations, and actions we take to achieve our writing goals and come up with our bestselling masterpiece...

Anyway, there are some advice and hints I can give anyone about writing, and I believe they can help some of us (men of letters) improve our skills and understand our writing needs better.

1) Did you hear of the book Christian Writer's Market?

Actually, it can be found both online (e.g., Amazon.com) and through some local bookstores. This book will become a good start for every novice writer, as it lists the addresses of different editors and publishers who can help you break into the writing business. Here you will also find the list of magazines that accept different articles for publishing; that would be a good start for a writer to contact some of them and offer their works for publishing there.

2) What about the Mount Hermon Writer's Conference?

Every year it is held in California (in March or April). Many agents, authors, editors and other people concerned to writing come to Mount Hermon to take part in this conference, attend some classes for writers, meet colleagues, learn some useful information on publishing books, and make some contacts. You will meet many interesting people there, who can help you with your writing career or just inspire you to start writing your new masterpiece.

3) Always learn to write, even if you got published already.

Do not even think about throwing your drafts, old manuscripts, or unfinished works away! Remember: every word you write trains you as a writer and improves your skills, making you better. Even if you have some works published already, keep writing and submitting your works to publishers; you never know what work of you may be worth something.

4) Always finish your writings!

How many authors do you know who tell they work on writing a book but they never finish it? I know three of them at least! When we meet and I ask about their work, the answer is always the same: in progress. If you think like that, you will never finish your work and you will never get it published. If you start writing, do not be lazy and do not look for excuses to finish it.

5) Read. A lot.

A writer is not a writer if they do not read books. You should make reading your favorite habit, because it can help you a lot: books of writers you admire can help you find inspiration for your own writings, gain new knowledge, understand your genre better, reveal the secrets of writing bestsellers (as you learn from real gurus if writing), etc. Next time you sit at your laptop, pretend you are a writer you admire; you'll see how the magic happens, and you start typing words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters...

6) Do not ignore the Internet.

The Internet is something no modern writer can ignore today. Actually, it can be very helpful when you think of improving your writing style: there are so many informative resources online, where you can find tips and tricks on writing; plus, you are welcome to visit forums and social networks for writers to meet your fellows, share your writings to get feedback from professionals, and ask what you should do to improve your writing. If you feel yourself confident and professional enough you can work with write an essay for me requests and help students get better grades online, help other writers by commenting on their works and sharing your experience.

7) Listen to your readers.

We do not write for ourselves only (though this opinion also has a place be), but people as well. Your readers are your best critics, that's why always read and learn feedbacks from your audience, as they will help you understand what you can do or change to make your writing better. Writers often listen to professional critics and worry about their ratings; but these ratings mean nothing if millions of readers enjoy what you write.

 

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