Here is some stuff that might help:
- read everything you can get your hands on: the more you read, the more you absorb how stories work (or don't).
- don’t worry about being good! Just get the story out. You can polish and fix it up later. Worrying about how good it is - or focusing on grammar/spelling/sentence structure - can really
derail creativity. Give yourself permission to write crap. Take the pressure off, and you might just be surprised how good it can be.
- you learn writing by doing: there are no short cuts.
- do it because you love writing; no other reason is good enough. There are no guarantees that even if you're really good that you will get published: it takes luck and timing, too.
- get used to rejection! Sad, I know. But Slated was my 9th novel, and all the rest got rejected over and over again.
How to get published: on Notes from the Slushpile
One of my all time fave books on writing, that I read again and again: Writing Down the
Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.
I'm really sorry, but I can't, or I'd never finish my own stuff! It can be really helpful finding writing buddies - ones you trust with each other's work, who are helpfully critical without being
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