We all remember that "newbie" stage, right? The time when we didn’t really know what we were doing; we also remember what a delicate and critical time that was. We became what we are now because we persevered through that time, right?
This post is my best advice to all you new, young, fresh writers out there!
1: Just Write
A common newbie mistake is worrying about publishing before you’ve ever even written the book! No good book is born this way. Don’t worry about publishing, marketing, competition, or what other people think and feel about your work. Block it all out. Whatever you do, don’t stop writing. Do it for you. Do it because you love it. Do it just to say you’ve done it. Do it because it matters to you.
2: Find Your Niche
Where are you most comfortable? What genre do you like? What style do you prefer? Do you fly by the seat of your pants or do you plot? Don’t worry about what is popular or more widely known or more acceptable in society. Worry about what you enjoy and can do. Then do it!
3: Perfection is impossible
Salvador Dali once said "Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it." The truth in this cannot be emphasized enough. Don’t worry about perfection, just be the best you can be right now. You’ll get better as you go, I promise. Writing is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets!
4: Read, read, read!
Read as many books as you can get your hands on. Books about writing, books of authors you admire. Books of authors you want to be like. Offer to beta read another writer’s manuscripts; learn to read critically so you can grow yourself. You should be reading just as much as (if not, more than) you write. It will make you a better writer.
5: No matter what, don’t get discouraged!
Keep going! Every time you sit down to write, you are better than you were the last time. You are always learning. Sure, there are going to be hotshots that put you down because they think they are better than you. Of course, there are going to be those down times when you think you are never going to be good enough… But if you press on beyond that and keep writing anyway, you will be a far better writer for it.
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