Tuesday, May 24, 2011
10 Things I've Learned on my Path to Become a Writer
My name is Logan and I would love to be an author!!! ["Good luck," comes a shout from the audience]
I have learned that positive self advice can never hurt as I am often bombarded by self-doubt and even fear. It has been a long time since I have felt fear in something that I've wanted to do.
One thing that I'm really afraid of, is heights. I didn't know that I was until I was high above a canyon. The same for writing a book. My fear is not the actual writing, but that moment, when I let myself think about it, allowing someone else to look at something that has become so personal. I can imagine that this is a common feeling among beginners.
Writing a book has been much more difficult than I would have ever expected. I've been working on it for almost 18 months now. I've learned so much, not only on writing, but editing, grammar, literary agents, and publishing. I hope to learn much more on a more personal and intimate level of each of these things.
The Drum roll please:
10 Things I have learned since I started writing my manuscript
1.) I suk at spelling and grammar
2.) When you think you're done - you are usually not - give it time - then attack it one more time.
3.) Twitter has been somewhat helpful - [Yes, even I was surprised]
4.) Editing is where the battle is won....or lost.
5.) Writing Critiques/groups or friends are worth their weight....in gold.
6.) Conferences can push you like nothing else. You also get a chance to step out of your comfort.
7.) My favorite thing about writing is the unexpected turns that writing allows and even necessitates.
8.) Characters become a part of you
9.) Plot and storyline seem to be what separates a good story from an average one.
10.) I am surprised how much I doubt myself. If I can't have confidence in me, who else will!