Some excellent, time-tested advice from one of our authors on mistakes to avoid as a new writer.
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:
- Thinking that, because you finished it, you have to publish it. I get it. Believe me, I do. There’s…
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