July 21, 2011

Tips for Writers

Filed under: News — Linda @ 11:35 am

Writing is a job. So treat it like a job. Don’t wait for the proverbial “inspiration.” If you do, you will never write anything. Of course, inspiration does come, especially in the middle of the night. So keep a notebook handy to jot down thoughts. How to resolve a character in my latest book came to me while I was peeling potatoes.

But in general, my inspiration is turning on my computer and sitting down at my desk. Other tips:

  • Keep regular hours.
  • Get dressed. So you work at home. This doesn’t mean you should lounge around in your pajamas. Get dressed. Put on makeup. You’re going to your job.
  • Avoid distractions. Your home, Internet, are full of distractions. Avoid them. Facebook, reading a magazine, gabbing or texting to friends on the phone, taking a nap are for after work. Remember, you’re at your job.
  • If you don’t have a writing assignment to work on, you can always do marketing. Research pubs, outlets for your writing. Write query leters. Network, network, network. Find out various movements among editors. Research story ideas. Update your contacts list. Clean your desk and the desktop on your computer.
  • Learn all you can about your craft of writing and the tools of your craft. Search Amazon. What are the top books? Genres? What is selling? Research publishers and what they are looking for and how to approach them. Learn all you can about the tools of your craft: computer applications, Internet marketing, social media. If there are seminars and workshops, attend them. They are also good networking opportunities.