When I decided to pursue the avenue of getting my work published, I didn't know what I was getting into. Yes, I knew it would be hard, but I didn't realize how much I would learn about myself. I've learned a lot over the years and I thought I would share what to expect if you are just starting out.
1. Patience--I really don't have much of this so it took me a long time to get some. I don't know if I'm fully there, but I'm much better than I was two years ago. You need lots of it, cause folks, the writing/publishing world runs slower than snail on a Sunday stroll.
2. It's not a race--sort of relates to the patience thing. There are other people out there who are writers and want the same thing you do--a book that's published. The thing is everybody is going at their own pace and every one's situation is different so don't let all the whoopla distract you. Work at your own pace and don't dwell on other's progress it only holds you back.
3. Be happy for others, cheer them on and one day they will do the same for you. Being negative, gets no one, no where. I've seen too many friendships die out of jealousy and for no good reason. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
4. Learn and ignore the red. Getting critiqued is super nerve wracking especially when all you see is red. The more you do it, the easier it gets. You must learn from it, not get down about it. Learning what may help your MS is what others want from you. If their feedback is only negative, move on and try someone else. Ask lots of questions and join groups that support writers, you never know who you will meet.
5. Blog- I know some writers frown upon this, but for me, I learned a ton about writing and met people I never would've met before. To me blogging is a writing exercise and a way to network. Now don't let blogging get you distracted, but do some now and again especially when you're starting out.
6. This goes along with the learning. Attend workshops and join groups. I can't stress this enough. I get bullheaded sometimes and think, I know enough. I don't. I don't think you ever know everything, you can always learn. I also think attending these things is not just for learning, but networking. You never know who you're going to meet.
7. Read, read, read. Read the books in your genre. Know what is out there and learn from those who are published.
8. Also, read some books about the craft. They are always handy to have around in case of emergencies. I'm not the best with these, but I do have some that hold my attention and they're great to have on hand.
9. Get out of the house. Take breaks now and again and write about something else. This helps the brain open up.
10. Have fun.
There you have it. Any thoughts? Anything to add? Any questions?
Have a great weekend!!