Some excellent, time-tested advice from one of our authors on mistakes to avoid as a new writer.

P.J. Fox Writes

I may not have been published for a long time, but I’ve been writing (including writing professionally, in different formats) for a long time and I’ve learned a few things–the hard way, I assure you–about what not to do.  When I decided to write fiction or, rather, finally gave myself permission to write fiction, I struggled.  I wrote a number of different manuscripts, none of them very good, in a variety of genre–ranging from thrillers to erotica.  Awhile ago, I totaled up the word counts of all these different manuscripts and came to about 800K.  So yes, I had to write 800K of absolute drivel before I wrote anything that was any good.  But, by the same token, each of those words was an education.

And that’s your first mistake:

  1. Thinking that, because you finished it, you have to publish it.  I get it.  Believe me, I do.  There’s…

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