10 Important Tips for Aspiring Authors

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  1. If you want to be a writer; then write.
  2. You don’t have to be published to call yourself a writer.
  3. What is your writing intention? Are you writing for yourself? Or a specific audience?
  4. Get over the fear of letting people read your work before you are too far into the piece.
  5. Find someone to read your crappy first draft who can give you an overall sense of your work and let you know if you are on the right track.
  6. Use one editor for your content and another for logistics.
  7. Keep up to date with all the changes in the publishing world.
  8. Build a great author website and establish a strong online presence.
  9. Set a time to write daily (old school advice, but it really works).
  10. Never, and I mean never give up on your dream of being a writer.

Bonus Tip

  1. Find a writing partner who will text you a 5:04 in the morning to get out of bed or help you find your way through a sentence that you have been struggling with for two days. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find that person right away. But keep your eyes open, you never know when they might just show up. Having someone to turn to in a writing crisis will change the rhythm of your confidence and help you keep going.

Happy writing!

Michelle