Writing Tips | 77 Best Tips for Writing and Publishing
Many of us have dreamed of the day that we publish that first article, how-to-book, or novel, destined to be a best seller. While most authors will never know what it is like to gain international notoriety, many will get a taste of the writing life. As a new author or wannabee, we tend to scour all the books and magazines for the magic formula (assuming it exists).
Unfortunately, it is as elusive as the Fountain of Youth. There are however, good bits and pieces of advice that we can gain from many people along the way that will help us in our writing career. Here are 77 bits of advice i have gleaned along the way. Some of you may have others you care to share. If so, please feel free to add them in the comments.
Novel Writing and You
Article Writing and You
Writing a Query Letter
- Network with others in the industry
- Get feedback
- Read book reviews
- Study the Market
- Read widely
- Attend writing Events
- Write Daily
- Get good advice
- Write an elevator pitch – explain your novel in Twitter style
- Look at what is selling
- Less is more
- Be persistent
- Have something to say
- Write clearly, as if you were writing a step-by-step process
- Review many books
- Gain insight into others mistakes
- Know that there is no huge barrier into writing- except you
- Meet other writers – do not stay isolated
- Tell people your idea
- Join support groups
- Meet readers- readers like to meet writers
- Define your inspiration- know what inspires you
- Make ideas understandable to the general public
- Don’t be boring
- Be accurate in your facts
- Look to history
- Be prepared for rejection
- It’s not about you, it’s about the work
- Ask yourself- why isn’t it working?
- Be prepared to re-write (more than once)
- Writing is work
- Understand the publishing industry
- Look to new self-publishing opportunities
- Be involved in writers groups
- Collect interesting stuff for ideas
- Make an idea journal
- Look to niche markets for possible success
- Know the different ways to publish
- Three P’s to publishing: production, printing, promoting
- It takes money to advertise your book- often it is your money
- Read publishing sites- know what publishers talk about
- Selection does not assure publication
- Large Publishing houses are in the business of making money
- Critiquing another’s work can help you become a better writer
- “Show” don’t “tell”
- Organize your thoughts
- Write the way you speak (on your best day)
- Check the competency of your writing- do you tell your story well?
- Does your story have an interesting plot?
- Is it believable?
- Do the characters interact or act in a way that is consistent and believable?
- Are your characters interesting?
- Pay attention to the details
- Is there a weak or strong hook?
- Learn to write with precision
- Querying can be a long process
- Know the audience you are writing for
- Get used to “tough love”
- Learn to promote your own work
- Create tension
- Use a pen name
- E-Book sales are gaining in popularity
- Independent bookstores may be a foot in the door
- Identify what is unique about your work when writing a query letter
- Be polite but don’t be apologetic when approaching a publisher or agent
- If you are a new author, it is OK to state that as a fact
- Don’t use a spam query letter company
- Don’t be afraid to stand your ground with an agent or a publisher
- Exclusive queries to agents are not in the writer’s best interest
- “Full” means your full manuscript
- Read authors from cultures and times other than yours
- Explore all genres before deciding where you think you fit
- Writing is storytelling in print
- Be a keen observer of the world around you
- Be emotionally connected to your characters
- Ask questions about your book that an interviewer may ask
- Do not get sucked into daily time wasters that keep you from
writing- write, write, write!
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