After five attempts at writing a deep blogpost, I gave up.
I know some of you have asked about my writing journey. So I thought I’d list a few things I wish someone would’ve told me when I started out. I wasn’t blogging then, so I didn’t really have any fiction-writing mentors (though I’ll give a shout-out to Brian Jones, who is a non-fiction writer and he gave me some great tips).
It’s quite possible I wouldn’t have listened to these tips early in the game, but I hope you do!
Here we go…
1) Your first draft is not perfect, no matter how inspired you were when you scribed it. Seriously.
2) Formatting stinks, but you’ve got to do it right. Agents/editors want it to look good.
3) Queries also stink. As do proposals. Follow the guidelines. Get a second pair of eyes on those before you send them out. Then you won’t have to waste time re-submitting.
4) A great agent WILL tell you that you need to change some stuff. A bad agent WILL NOT.
5) Starting a blog is valuable. Not only is it almost expected for new authors, but it’s a great way to learn to polish/revise small snippets and to find friends interested in the same stuff you are.
6) You’ll always have to wait for something. You wait to hear from agents. You wait to hear from editors. You wait to decide what your next book is. You wait to see how your book gets reviewed (okay, not at that stage yet).
7) At some point, you may stumble upon the realization that you are an author, and you want to remain an author, live or die. You will not listen to doubts. You will not let the waiting stop you, or the harsh critiques, or the “This is not something I’d represent” rejections. You will keep plowing forward, writing novels, until God stops you. This may or may not be a fun stage. But it might very well last for the rest of your life. So be ready, my writing friends, be ready!