Writing is actually supposed to be fun. Something that is supposed to nourish you, support you, help you grow and expand, and help you connect more deeply with your own heart and mind. It’s not something you need to get 100% on. It’s not a test or a way for everyone else to judge you and find you unworthy. Writing is an act of love toward yourself.

Never believe that if you write it they will come. That only happens in movies. Being an author is equal parts marketing to equal parts writing. And never for one moment believe that any of it is easy. Most best selling authors had a marketing strategy long before the book hit the shelves.

Another misconception is that everyone will love your book. Wrong. Not everyone reads the same thing. Of course, you love your book because you wrote it. Just because you love your work doesn’t mean everyone will love it.

As authors, lovers of reading or movie fanatics, we know what’s supposed to happen and when it’s supposed to happen in a story and the same exact formula is everywhere. Putting it into your own story is sometimes not quite as easy as reading an already formulated novel.

Writing is a technical skill. A craft. And good storytelling is an art and art emerges from good writing. But you will still need to know how to communicate. And, you need to learn the laws of this maddening land. I’ve seen too many authors want to jump ahead of the skill and just start telling stories

There are two big traps:

  1. either you think everything you write is golden or
  2. you think everything you write is garbage.

Your loved ones will tend to overpraise your work because they like you but not everyone is going to love your creation – nor will everyone hate it. Everyone makes mistakes but don’t let that hold you back. And everyone should have an editor.

Overcome the traps by:

  • studying the art of writing,
  • taking classes,
  • reading books,
  • practicing writing,
  • getting a degree

There’s never just ‘one thing’ aspiring writers need to know.

5 writing tips:

  1. Find your internal drive – internal motivation.
  2. Make every word count. Good writing is about communicating something powerfully in the fewest number of words possible.
  3. Know your audience. I suggest starting with one or two audiences or publications you wish to write for. Then do your homework. Read a number of their articles so you gain an understanding of their editorial needs. Become familiar with what your readers want.
  4. Discover your voice. Your writing voice will leave an impression on your readers; be it quirky, direct, vulnerable or upbeat.
  5. Just write! Carve out some dedicated time to put words on the page.

So, what are you waiting for? Tell your story. Start writing.

Unleash the novel inside you

with compelling characters,

intricate worlds,

and fine-tuned prose.

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“Linda has published sixteen books. She blogs about the publishing world, posts useful tips on the challenges a writer faces, including marketing and promoting your work, how to build your online platform, how to get reviews and how to self-publish. She has mentored many authors and edited their work.” 

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