The last writer’s meetup included the topic of ‘what we’ve learned about writing’. So I felt this might help some others writers out there who are just starting out.
–Grammar and punctuation are important. I’m stunned by the number of writers who think lightly of grammar and punctuation. There are the tools of the trade, and are just as vital to story crafting as character, plot, and the other elements of a good novel. They also touch upon a writer’s skill with words. If you blog and can’t remember to punctuate correctly, how can readers consider you a ‘good’ writer?
–You need to start a story with the conflict. Books of the old days included lots of back story and/or description. Published books of the modern era now expect the author to throw the reader smack dab into the middle of the troubles and carry them along to the end.
–Writer rules are often guidelines, but you still need to learn the rules to know when, and how, to break them. For any rule someone lists as as a rule for writing, you can find something that is published that broke that rule. There are exceptions, of course, but more importantly, reasons as to why the ‘rule’ was broken. Learn em and know the difference.
–You need to understand the business side to writing if you hope to publish. Publishing companies are naturally looking for good stories, but they are a business looking for a sellable product. Business also includes marketing that weather you self-publish or go with a brick-and-mortar publishing company, you still need to understand how to market your writing.
Post below your own tips on what you’ve learned along the writer’s journey.