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Top Tips For the New Writer

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

When you're first starting out as a writer writing a book can be an overwhelming task. Not only do you have to write the book, but also you have to find a publisher. And you have to find readers. You have to market your book. And if you're self-publishing, the list of tasks goes on and on.

Being a new writer is a lot less fun than you probably thought it would be!

And then there are the myths. You know those stories about writers that we all learned. Those ones that talk about the great writers. And how they starved in Paris garrets.

Courses are fine to help you get your act together. But sometimes, a set of tips can give you the boost you need to get everything done. And they're far more likely to overcome the myths you currently believe.

In this article, I'm going to share five of the top tips I know for the new writer. Each of them is based in a myth that seems to be one of those immortal lies we all suffer from.

1. The True Artist Starves for Their Art

We've all heard of the great writer who hides in a garret in Paris. Starving for his art, he writes his great novel. He ignores the critics until one day his book is published. And suddenly he is vindicated. And driving a big car and smoking $100 cigars. Ain't gonna happen folks. What actually happens is that she realizes she isn't creating art, learns a system and starts selling books to her readers. The sooner she realizes that writing is a craft -- with a process and a set of rules -- the sooner she starts making a living. Even artists don't create art. Art is what happens when the viewer sees their soul reflected in the artist's craft.

2. School is School -- And You've Graduated

In school we are taught many things. Some have value in the real world. Some do not. Some have value only when we move beyond them. English is like that. School teaches you to write formal English. Cool. People don't speak formal English. People don't read formal English (unless they have to). And a good writer doesn't write formal English (except in school). Write with your own voice and leave the perfect English to the scholar.

3. Know What You Are Writing

This writing tip is an extension of the "true art" tip. One of the myths about writing is that great stories and great writing is organic. It isn't. Before you put any instrument to paper -- pen, pencil or computer keyboard -- you must know exactly what you are going to write. The creation process must occur before you sit down to write. Or you won't succeed.

4. Know Who You Are Writing For

A book without a reader is a lonely thing. A book without a reader means a writer is without food. When you write, you need to be writing for someone. Then all you need to do is find other people like that person. And you'll have readers.

5. Know How You Are Going To Sell Your Book

The myth would have you believe that you write your book, sell it to a publisher and that's it. The truth is that there are a number of different ways to sell a book. Each of them has a different set of rules about writing. Selling fiction to a publisher? You need to write the book first. Selling non-fiction to a publisher? You need to sell the book concept to an agent before writing a book. Writing a book for print and the traditional bookstore? Then you need to start arranging signings. Writing a book for Amazon? Then you need to drive traffic to your book listing.

Do you want to learn how to write a book in 24 hours? Take my brand new free course here: http://www.learningcreators.com

Do you want to read more free information like this? Go to my blog: http://www.learningcreators.com/blog/

Glen Ford is an accomplished consultant, trainer and writer. He has far too many years experience as a trainer and facilitator to willingly admit.

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