Returning from teaching at a recent writers conference I realized the thing I really accomplish in presenting my workshops is to remove the element of fear and get the writer to begin or continue in their journey.
While I highly recommend attending a writers conference for all of its benefits, I have listed below some fear removing thoughts for beginning and stuck writers to consider.
- Every well published authors journey began with the first step, followed by the second. BEGIN
- Editors and Agents are regular people passionate about words. As my Daddy used to say, "Everyone pulls their pants on same as you do. One leg at a time." Befriend and learn from them. Follow their blogs. FEAR NOT and FOLLOW
- There are scads of free writers resources and helps available online. Google your need. Example: How to Write a Magazine Article. Your idea can be shaped and made print worthy. NO EXCUSES
- Set realistic goals. Do not attempt to leap tall buildings in a single bound before you excel at the basics. Be patient and hone your skills. Writing is a journey not a sprint. PACE YOURSELF
- There are many books that will aid you in your journey. For fiction writers: The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics and Exercises by James Scott Bell, Write To Be Heard by Diane Sherlock and Aaron Gansky and Plotting Simplified: Story Structure Tips for the Break-Out Novelist by Eddie Jones. Nonfiction writing books: On Writing Well by William Zinsser, Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamont. READ
- Share your writing with other objective writers. LEARN from constructive criticism.
- Rewrite as often as you need to. Write like mad. Write in the morning, evening, and in-between times as well. PRACTICE.
Please add to the list any fear busters you might think of to offer to those beginning or stuck in their writing journey. Always remember to be kind to others you meet at various spots along the path. Creatives are fragile. FRA-JIL-LE as my son and I like to say. Do not break them, I need the wisdom they have and look forward to learning from them once they sit and write it all down.
Happy over the hump day!