What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Writer

Writing is not easy. Anyone who says so is fibbing. It can be easier for others, it can be easier depending upon the mood, the topic, the person’s place in life. However, it is still not easy. So, what things should you know before beginning to write, before beginning to walk the road to becoming an author? Good question. The list below is a combination of possible tips, but more importantly, it is proof that there is hope. You are not alone. Writing is tough. Many people go through the tough times. So, chin up!

  1. Even if you have the main idea, sometimes it is hard to come up with smaller ideas after you have started writing.
  2. There will be points where you re-read your work and think, “what garbage.”
  3. However, there will also be points where you are so incredibly proud of your writing you want to share it with the world.
  4. Your calendar, not your pen or computer, will be your best friend. Plan time to write, and stick to it.
  5. If you have set a goal, and you should have, make sure you stick to it. It is so easy to miss writing one day, then another, and another, and another…
  6. At the same time, don’t beat yourself up if you legitimately miss a day. Life happens.
  7. Writing is step 1, the key is to get the words out. Worry about the rest later.
  8. Befriend beta readers, these can be family members or even people online. You want feedback, even if it hurts some times.
  9. Know the things you will not bend on and the things you are open to hearing suggestions from readers.
  10. Editors are not just for fancy writers with publishers. Editors can make or break a finished piece of work.
  11. You may not become the next Stephen King, so set attainable goals.
  12. Research. Research. Research. You need to know the book market, especially the genre you are entering.
  13. Have a plan. This will range from a marketing plan, a publishing plan, a celebration plan.
  14. Social media is your friend until it isn’t. It is a great tool to promote your work, but it can also be a distraction from writing, and social media has a dark side when it comes to reviews. Be ready for this.
  15. Relax. Writing can also be therapeutic.

The Reno editing gals at Pypeline Editing hopes this list helps you along your journey. The key is to look for others for support, but do not compare yourself to others detrimentally. You are you. Remember that.

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