Writing Tips

Author Tip 101: Never Stop

So, they tell me you want to be an author . . .

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That means you should be doing 1 of 5 things: brainstorming a new story, writing/drafting, editing, researching publishing houses (or self-publishing methods), sending our query letters or submissions.

One of my favorite creative writers, Derek Updegraff once said:

Keep writing. You are a writer, not a submitter. Once you’ve written pieces and submitted them for publication, forget about them and start writing something new. You haven’t produced your best work yet. When you finish a new piece of writing, admire it, take joy in it, and then submit it and move on and write something better.

Being an author does not mean being famous or going to book signings every other week (although that could be super fun). Being an author means never giving up and never stopping.

In my own experience, I have discovered that writing is a cycle. While I am waiting to hear back on The Agency Games, I have re-worked, edited and submitted a children’s series to various publishing houses. I probably won’t hear back for six months but that is kind of the point of submitting this early. That way, when I finish working on The Agency Games, I can hopefully jump straight into my next project!

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  • Have you brainstormed that new story idea? Great! Start writing!
  • Have you finished drafting that story idea? Fantastic! Start editing!
  • Are you working on editing your story? Good, start look around online for where you might want to submit it.
  • Have you found a publishing house that you want to send your work to? (PAUSE! Make sure to read all of their fine print and rules) Great! Now, send out your work.

Have you sent out your work? Yes? Then why are you just sitting there? Start working on your next story!

Happy Writing Everyone!

 

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Self-Doubt

Yup, I have it to.

I doubt my abilities to succeed. You want to know why?

Because what we are doing is HARD! It is hard to create a habit, whether that is eating correctly or going to the gym or forcing yourself to write. Every. Single. Day.

It is hard to promote our own work, our own creativity, in a world that ignores, criticizes, and insults.

It is hard to be an artist, to see the beauty where others only see the ugliness.

It is hard to be authentic when the world keeps telling us to conform.

It is hard to persevere when the world tells us that we will never succeed.

So yes, I have my own moments of doubt.

But guess what?

We don’t have to let those moments of self-doubt destroy our dreams! I finished my rough draft! The rough draft of a book that two years ago I never thought I would be writing. I got a publishing deal, something that I was told was “never likely to happen.” And guess what, maybe it won’t make me famous, maybe it won’t make me money, maybe it won’t sell as much as I’d like but that doesn’t matter.

I wrote a book. An entire book.

I got a contract, from a publishing company.

I wanted to become an author.

The world said I couldn’t, but I did.

And so can YOU.

Writing Tips

Writing Tip: Encourage Young Writers

So today, I am going to tell you a story. Today’s tip does not have to do with you, but rather how you can help another person’s writing journey.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to substitute at my old high school. It’s an interesting experience to say the least and I get hit with waves of nostalgia almost every time I go.

Anyway, one day I was there to substitute for 8th grade English. I was filling in for the very teacher that taught me and I was teaching the same lesson plan that I was taught. However, I specifically remember that when I was in 8th grade during this lesson plan, I was not paying attention. Instead, I was writing my fantasy novel in a notebook. Even back then, I knew that I wanted to be an author, but I also knew that my chances of becoming an author were slim to none.

On this day that I was substituting, we had inside lunch due to a storm and I started talking to the kids, asking them what they wanted to do when they grew up. One girl, very shyly and uncertainly said, “I want to write, but that won’t happen.”

“Like an author?” I encouraged her.

“Yea.” She shrugged.

She shrugged because even in her English class she probably expects to be told that the odds are against her, that no one can make a living from writing, that she needs to be putting her effort in elsewhere.

Yes, writing is hard! Yes, getting published in hard! Yes, being noticed is difficult!

BUT WHY DO WE TEACH CHILDREN TO LET GO OF THEIR DREAMS BECAUSE IT’S HARD?

I encourage you to encourage others around you in their writing. Remind them that although it is hard, it is not impossible. Specifically encourage the young adults in your life who are struggling to find their path. Remind them that they do not have to go the conventional route. Maybe they won’t succeed, but why cut them down before they’ve even had the chance to try?

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