Occasionally I’ll connect with someone who’s itchy to write. Maybe he wants to start a blog. Maybe she wants to write a book. And this potential writer is itchy to take the right next-steps to do this.
Maybe you’re that potential writer.
Without yet knowing you or your story, here’s what’s in my heart for you and other eager potential writers…
Start. Begin. String words together. Gather your sentences into a meaningful whole.
It’s estimated that 81% of Americans feel they have a book in them and should write it. I don’t know the stat for people who go on to actually write them. I feel fairly confident guessing it’s not 81%.
So by sitting down at your laptop and writing, you’re well on your way.
The thing that makes any legit is…writing.
Work at Your Craft
The best writers work at their craft. There are a number of good ways to do that:
- Attend a writer’s conference.Writer’s conferences offer great workshops to help you improve your writing. And they often offer opps to network with writers, editors, publishers, and agents. (Here’s a good listing of Christian writer’s conferences, if that’s your bag.) I’m not a conference junkie, but I do believe that there are a host of rich resources available at most writers’ conferences.
- Join a writer’s group. Gather with writers in your area. Meet face to face to share and critique one another’s work. Or, find an online critique group. Others’ feedback—noticing strengths and offering areas for improvement—is extremely valuable in growing as a writer.
Before You Publish…Publish
If you’re anything like me, you may secretly hope and believe that the first draft of the book that’s in your heart will become a New York Times bestseller.
Psychological professionals call this “magical thinking.”
If you’re serious about writing, begin to develop an audience.
- Guest post on a friend’s blog.
- Start your own blog.
- Pitch articles to online magazines.
- Enter a contest.
Though it can be tempting to want to dazzle audiences with that first book, either traditionally published or self-published, there’s a lot to be learned on the journey. Good writing is worth the wait.
But do start.