Friday, April 8, 2011
Friday Five with Paper Hangover
I am thrilled to take part in Paper Hangover's first Friday Five!
They have been doing fantastic flash-writing projects every Friday, but because of work I haven't been able to participate. With the Friday Fives, I can. Woot!
Here's the question: What five things do YOU wish you'd known before you became a writer?
1. Mistakes are okay, as long as you learn from them.
I look back on the first query I sent and I cringe uncontrollably.
It was for a book that was 20,000 words.
I know!!! Now, stop laughing. Okay, you can keep laughing. It's funny.
I think it's okay to be a newbie- everyone was once. At the same time, there is SO much information out there available on the web for free. If you fail to use that information you become a disaster. So, start a newbie, but then educate yourself.
2. Feedback from family and friends can be helpful, especially in the beginning when you need to gain confidence, but it's not enough.
That leads me to #3....
3. You need to reach out to other writers for criticism and support. The earlier the better.
4. Writing is re-writing.
Your first version and the final version can be months, even years apart.
5. It's more work than you think, but it's worth it.
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