So You Want To Be a Writer?

18 Sep

That’s great. Write everyday. Try those full three pages of hand written “morning pages” (The Artist’s Way) first thing before you have too many intelligent thoughts. And then you must read Browne & King’s Self-Editing For Fiction Writers and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and of course, Strunk and White, The Elements of Style. Read and write, read and write and then read and write some more!

Oh, you want to get published?

That’s great. Get to the book store and slap down your money on the most recent Writer’s Market or Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents and find yourself that perfect agent, the one dedicated to lovingly guide you to the top of the Best Sellers List. Check every agent A-Z, make your list and check it twice and query, query, query….

Oh, still waiting for that perfect agent? …..that willing agent?…any agent?

Get Thee to a Writer’s Conference! Money’s no object when chasing your dream, right? You’ll hobnob with other writers, attend magnificent and inspiring workshops by magnificent and inspiring published authors, and best of all, meet hordes of agents and editors that offer their e-mail addresses for the submission of your soon to be award winning first novel!

Oh, you’ve gone broke?

Great – Just great. Well, join the crowd. Just keep going, read, read, read, write, write, write, query, query, query.

And if all else fails, start a blog.

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7 Responses to “So You Want To Be a Writer?”

  1. tjbcollins September 18, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    I love it! Boy is there truth in this post!

    In today’s Writer’s Almanac Frank O’Connor is quoted as saying, “From the time I was nine or ten, it was a toss-up whether I was going to be a writer or a painter, and I discovered by the time I was 16 or 17 that paints cost too much money, so I became a writer because you could be a writer with a pencil and a penny notebook.”

    Clearly he was either very lucky or a writer of romantic fiction!

    • azale7 September 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      Thanks for the support. Good quote. I might paraphrase Frank O’Connor. “From the time I was nine or ten, it was a toss-up whether I was going to be a writer or a musician, and I discovered by the time I was 16 or 17 that music was more honest so I became a musician.” Angela Zale. However, that’s for another blog, another day.

  2. susangilbertcollins September 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Writing is not for the faint of heart, is it? 🙂

    • azale7 September 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

      No, definitely not for the faint of heart or we’d all be writing postmortem

  3. Heather September 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    I should do a blog…..

    • azale7 September 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      Yes, you should.

  4. annarounseville October 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    You don’t have to go it alone. A lot of people are waiting for artists of every stripe to show up and do our thing. Be encouraged, your talent will make room for you. 😀

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