Sunday, May 18, 2014
Four Things I Would Tell Beginning Writer Me
Yesterday, I mentioned I took two years to complete my first manuscript. Looking back, I think the biggest mistake I made was working without input from other writers. That first manuscript was essentially a throw-away. I wouldn't say I wasted two years, I was able to salvage some ideas and phrases, but it was close.
If I had access to Dr. Who's TARDIS, I would tell beginning writer me to:
1. Research the business of writing to learn what agents, editors, and readers want.
2. Join a writer's organization. SCBWI is the place to be for children's writers, nationally and regionally.
3. Save my pennies to attend a writer's conference and get a professional critique. National conferences are extremely pricey, but often there are local conferences that are more affordable, and smaller, so they are less overwhelming.
4. Join a critique group of writers with similar goals.
Posted by Rondi Olson