Friday, October 12, 2012

Get ready.

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!!

10 comments:

  1. You covered it all really well! It's not a race. And if you don't have fun on the journey, crossing the line won't make it any better.

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  2. Nice advice! Patience...You're right to put that as number one.

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  3. So much good stuff here, Christine! I've learned (and am still learning) a lot of this.

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  4. I agree 110% with you, Christine, for every point. :D

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  5. Excellent points - especially the blogging one. I would never have 'met' my cp if I hadn't started blogging and without her my last two books wouldn't have been nearly as good.

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  6. Excellent!!! Number 1 and 2 can be very trying sometimes!

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  7. I especially like #10! And patience is definitely the most important for me, with #6 and #8 not far behind. I've been on this journey far longer than I ever expected to without being published, and I'm still learning.

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  8. Identify with most of this. Been writing forever, sending stuff out with varying degrees of regularity. Very little Patience, but have no trouble with read, read, read. Found blogging only about three months ago and love it. And now I have an audience to show my stuff too, some of whom actually like it, I feel less desperate.
    I am #260 on Alex's Insecure list, which is how I found you. My thoughts: just keep doing whatever keeps you sane. If you write, you write. Nothing can stop that. Everything else is a bonus.

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