No matter what…just do it. Start with a doodle if you need to but get those creative juices flowing!
A successful writer starts as a reader. Period. But it doesn’t stop there. Just as writing becomes a part of your life, so does reading.
Explore outside your comfort zone. Meaning read AND write outside of your genre
The thing I love most about doing book reviews is that I sometimes get books that I would not normally choose off a shelf. The thing I love about having a teenager and an almost teenager is reading what they are reading.
When you write outside your genre you are exercising your creative muscles and you never know, you might surprise yourself! I know I did! Have a read of my little story “Maia” or “The Children”.
Set up an Author’s platform with a web site and through social media
You need to get your name out there. Some publishers won’t accept your work if you are not already on the path to being established. Besides, sharing your work and having people say they enjoy it as you are working towards your ultimate goal sure does feel good!
Network, subscribe to other blogs, join groups
Networking is all about building your platform. Reading other people’s blogs not only builds your network but can provide you with invaluable advice.
Proofread, have beta readers
Always proof read your work first. But as the creator of this masterpiece, you are biased as to its quality, so always have a few beta readers before you introduce it to the world.
Don’t stop learning
No one person can know everything. There is always room to grow and learn. And there are many avenues from which to learn.
Again, this is about getting your name out there. Winning contests is also a great addition to your Author’s platform. To be successful, you must be published in some form, and usually with contests, the winner gets their work published in some form.