“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”
A few ideas on writing. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are!
- Read outside of the subgenre you’re writing in. If you’re a writer, you should be a reader. If you want your novel to have depth, read as widely outside of your subgenre as possible. Why? There is so much competition and a lot of it sounds alike (the word incestuous comes to mind) so one way to make your book stand out from the maze of books is to make it different without breaking the rules of your own sub-genre.
- Get one hardass as a beta reader (or more if you can stand it). The last thing you want are “yes” people as your beta readers. Get at least one person who is somewhat knowledgeable about your sub-genre, who reads voraciously, and who nitpicks. You don’t have to accept everything this person says, but it’s likely they’ll provide you will a different point-of-view from the people who don’t want to hurt your feelings.
- Edit and proofread every single thing you write and share. As a writer and blogger, I know that sometimes typos and “oops’s” slip through. But hopefully you’ve read your work a couple of times before sharing, used your spelling and grammar check, and then reread once you’ve shared. You might think this is nitpicky, but words and grammar are your tools as a writer. If you don’t care about whether your work is laden with typos, why should anyone care about reading it?
- Read, read, read! Lately I’ve read that some writers don’t want to be influenced or they don’t have the time or a half-dozen other excuses as to why they don’t read. Somehow they’ve convinced themselves that reading isn’t necessary. If you want to be published, how do you expect to learn your market if you don’t read? And that’s the very least reason to read.
- Write, write, write! Even when you don’t feel like it. Even when the muse isn’t sitting on your shoulder. Practice your writing. Free write. Write about nothing and everything and whatever ventures into your mind.