After years of carrying your dreams around in your pocket, it's time to get pen to paper!
Give up? Not an option. So, what to to?
- That Diploma of Journalism was pretty handy for learning how to pitch.
- Those creative writing courses helped get other opinions on your work.
- How-to books opened your eyes big time. Who knew there were so many books to nudge novices along the writing journey? You read a heap, but your go-to, can’t-do-without book is, was, and ever will be ‘Writing the Breakout Novel’, by Donald Maas. The first time you used one of his writing prompts, you hit pay dirt. You entered that short story into a competition—and came second!
That dream was getting so close you could feel it, couldn't you? You were getting the idea of this writing gig. Here's where you adjusted the plan. You were going to keep writing short stories to learn your craft until you were ready to begin the Great Australian Novel. Might even help to earn a few dollars along the way to pay for all those books you were buying.
Blogging meant finding Critique Partners. Blogging meant writing at least once a week. Blogging meant sharing what you've learnt and offering opportunities to both established and newbie bloggers through writing challenges.
- Write a lot, but don't beat yourself up if you don't write every day. Chill time can re-ignite that fire.
- Read a lot, both in your genre/s and out.
- Don't be daunted by best-selling writing. Learn from it. You too can write a best-seller.
- Don't rush into publication. It's not a race, it's a long-term goal.
- Remember, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.