Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Three Things Writers Should Know

Murgalump scolded me for not working harder on my platform. She said that gaining writing experience by telling stories is fine, but I should be concentrating more on the craft itself. So I scoured the internet to see what to glean that I may be able to pass on to you.

I came to the conclusion that there are three things a new writer should know.


  1. There is a lot of excellent advice given by responsible and knowledgeable authors for the simple reason of helping others.
  2. There are thousands of blogs that have tag words screaming numbers, like the one I'm using today. For instance, headings tell you 5 things always to do, or 7 things never to do, 12 tips to jumpstart your career or 30 things to keep in mind when character building. Folks, they ain't gonna run out of numbers. Tomorrow there will be more numerals to follow. If you get in that mode, you'll need a spreadsheets bottom line to decide when you've become a writer.
  3. You can be a better writer. Read, write, hone your craft. Then - who knows? You still have to bring a skill with you, and even if you have it, you may never win a traditional publisher.
So why bother?

Because it's your story.

One more thing.
By all means, read the articles that have numerals in the headings. Just understand what Hemingway meant when he said, "To get started, write one true sentence."

That's it for me. How do you feel about it? To leave a comment if the comment box isn't visible, click on the blue heading.

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